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Preservation Services Staff

 Ann Marie Willer

Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services

Ann Marie Willer has worked as a professional in the field of library preservation since 2002. She has expertise in preservation program management, digitization workflows and best practices, the preservation of paper-based and audio-visual materials, and disaster preparedness and response. She 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. Ann Marie is a member of the American Library Association's Preservation and Reformatting Section and has presented at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics including diversity and inclusion in libraries and archives, emergency preparedness, audio-visual assessment, and preservation administration.


Ann Marie has a long association with NEDCC, beginning with a grant-funded collection assessment at the UNT Libraries in 2004. She was invited to join the NEDCC Advisory Committee after moving to the MIT Libraries in 2006, and she served as Chair of the Committee from 2012-2013. Ann Marie earned an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas, a graduate certificate in Preservation Management from Rutgers, and an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music.


NEDCC Staff Listening Party Reveal Song - Ann Marie Willer
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, 2nd movement



Frances Harrell

Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist

Along with providing training and consultations, Senior Preservation Specialist Frances Harrell serves as the co-chair of the Preservation Outreach Committee at ALA, and is the outgoing chair of the Preservation Section of SAA. She is the project manager for NEDCC’s “Digital Assessment Training: Building a Framework, Building a Community,” funded by a grant from NEH. The project will present a collaborative digital assessment training program, which will approach digital preservation and training through case-study assessments, shadowing opportunities, workshops, and a Digital Assessment Institute. She received an MLIS from Simmons College GSLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida, and has worked in both development and collections management. Starting in September, Frances will work from her office in Savannah, Georgia. 


NEDCC Staff Listening Party Reveal Song - Frances Harrell

Ultrabeam Light, by Kanye West, from The Life of Pablo



 Danielle Spalenka

Danielle Spalenka, Preservation Specialist

Danielle Spalenka joined the NEDCC Preservation Services team in 2017. She provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance. Her previous experience includes serving as Project Director for the NEH-Funded program, Digital POWRR, which developed and presented free workshops on digital preservation across the country.  She has also held the position of Curator of Manuscripts at Northern Illinois University and Archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, and a Masters of Arts in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Danielle works from her office in Louisville, Kentucky.


NEDCC Staff Listening Party Reveal Song - Danielle Spalenka

Wildflowers, by Tom Petty, from Wildflowers

Sean Ferguson

Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist

Sean joined the NEDCC staff in 2017. He provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance. He also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee.  As an intern, Sean assisted the Mary Baker Eddy Library in preserving its collection of audiovisual materials; served as a Web, Archives, and Digital Asset Management Intern for the Boston Ballet; interned on archival projects for Historic New England; and volunteered at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, processing donated books and rehousing rare books. Sean earned a BA in History at Vassar College and an MLIS from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.


NEDCC Staff Listening Party Reveal Song - Sean Ferguson

A Day in the Life,  by The Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band



Kim O'Leary

Kim O'Leary, Technology and Events Coordinator
Kim O'Leary has been with NEDCC since 1994. Her previous experience includes 12 years as Office Manager for the Textile Conservation Center at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. Kim is responsible for maintaining NEDCC’s website, coordinating conference and workshop venues, and processing registrations for all training programs. Kim also troubleshoots IT issues for the staff and assists with travel arrangements for international visitors. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Columbus University.

NEDCC Staff Listening Party Reveal Song - Kim O'Leary

Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers, from Eat a Peach