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Preservation Services Staff

Ann Marie Willer

Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services
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Ann Marie Willer has worked as a professional in the field of cultural heritage preservation since 2002. She has expertise in preservation program management, digitization workflows and best practices, the preservation of paper-based and audiovisual materials, and emergency preparedness and response. Under her oversight, the Preservation Services department provides guidance and instruction to institutions and individuals across the United States on the preservation of paper-based, photographic, digital, and audiovisual collections. She also cultivates connections to heritage institutions and related organizations and collaborates on projects of mutual benefit. At NEDCC, Ann Marie has served as Principal Investigator on grants totaling $700,000. In addition to managing the department’s budget, Ann Marie provides project management for awarded grants and for client jobs of significant scope.

In her role as Director of Preservation Services, Ann Marie has conducted general preservation assessments for heritage institutions across the country, from Maine to Washington, including a community-wide preservation assessment for a town in Massachusetts. She has provided customized consultations and trainings (online and in-person) on topics such as collection security, emergency preparedness and response, environmental management, grant writing, preparing for renovation projects, and storage of audiovisual collections. Ann Marie has presented at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics including diversity and inclusion in libraries and archives.

Ann Marie previously served as Preservation Librarian for the MIT Libraries and the University of North Texas Libraries and has paraprofessional experience in special collections, exhibits, cataloging, and general collections conservation. She earned an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas, a certificate from Rutgers’ Preservation Management Institute, and an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music.

Sean Ferguson

Sean Ferguson, Associate Preservation Specialist
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From his office in Alexandria, Virginia, Sean provides digital and physical preservation information and outreach to libraries, archives, museums, universities, and historical societies nationwide. He has conducted over 20 preservation needs assessments and carried out consultations on environmental monitoring, digital preservation program development, and emergency preparedness. Sean has also taught over 40 workshops and webinars on digital, paper-based, photographic, and AV collections care and emergency preparedness. He has presented at several regional and national conferences including NEDCC’s Digital Directions and the Virginia Association of Museums Annual Meeting. He currently serves on the City of Alexandria Public Records Advisory Commission and is a member of the American Library Association CORE Division’s Preservation Outreach Committee.

From July 2018 to June 2019, he served as NEDCC’s Performing Arts Readiness Emergency Preparedness Consultant for New England, conducting 13 consultations and 9 workshops on emergency preparedness for performing arts organizations. Sean also represented NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee from May 2017 to July 2019.

Sean earned a BA in History at Vassar College, an MLIS from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). He has also completed the IS-100, IS-700, and IS-800 FEMA courses on emergency management.

Stephanie Garafolo

Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist
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Stephanie Garafolo provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance for cultural heritage organizations of all types. Since joining the Preservation Services department in 2019, she has completed ten assessments and consultations and taught over 25 workshops, webinars, and web courses on audiovisual preservation, digital preservation, physical collections care, and emergency preparedness. She has developed content for new webinars in response to community and client needs, including “Celebrate with Collections! Utilizing Collections in Your Community’s Anniversary Celebration” and “COVID-19 and Collections Care.” Additionally, Stephanie assists with department-wide programs and conferences, including Digital Directions, a conference geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections.

Stephanie has ten years of museum experience, and her past roles include working with contemporary artists and site-specific installations at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, craft objects and archives at the Fuller Craft Museum, and Armenian material culture at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown. She earned a BA in Political Science from Boston University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School.

Kim O'Leary

Kim O'Leary, Technology and Events Coordinator
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Kim O’Leary has worked for NEDCC’s Preservation Services department for over 25 years. During this time, she has managed the logistics, registration, and on-site support for over 35 regional and national conferences, coordinated venues and registration for numerous workshop programs, and provided client support for webinar programs presented by NEDCC. Kim is responsible for executing an online shopping cart to facilitate registration and offer a positive user experience. She also plays an essential role in researching and implementing educational software, facilitating the maintenance of websites for NEDCC and dPlan, and providing access to free website resources, including NEDCC’s preservation leaflets.

As the first responder for NEDCC’s IT issues, Kim provides IT support to staff and clients, manages hardware and software inventories for the Center, and works with outside IT consultants to keep systems running smoothly.