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Bertram Lyons

AVPreserve
Archivist, Senior Consultant
Madison, WI
Bertram Lyons, Senior Consultant at AVPreserve, is an archivist with expertise in digital acquisition and digitization. Most recently, Bert has worked with colleagues at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center (AFC) to develop tools, policies, and partnerships around the development and management of digital collections. During his tenure, AFC has become a leader in digital preservation at the Library of Congress, having built their collection to over 500,000 digital objects and integrated their analog and born digital acquisition and processing work flows into a seamless process. His work has been central to the continued efforts at LC to integrate Special Collections data systems with LC's next generation Integrated Library System (ILS). Prior to the Library of Congress Bert was Archivist and Collection Manager for the Alan Lomax Archive, one of the most significant collections of field recordings in 20th century history.A subject specialist in folklife collections, oral histories, and field and musical recordings, Bert has deep experience in all aspects of managing such collections, from the digitization of legacy materials, description, schema and database development, and accessioning/processing. He is active internationally with professional archival organizations such as the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (Member of the Executive Board and Editor of IASA publications) and the Society of American Archivists (Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee and upcoming Council Member). He received certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a recent graduate of the Archives Leadership Institute. Bert received his Master's degree in Museum Studies and American Studies from the University of Kansas.