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.
Based out of the Andover, Massachusetts office, Alison serves the New England region and beyond, providing training programs, assessments, consultations, disaster assistance, and assisting with department-wide programs and activities. In her previous position as Assistant Archivist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Alison processed archival collections, managed digitization projects, provided reference and research services, trained and supervised volunteers and interns, and managed exhibits of archival materials. She has also conducted archival project work for the City of Somerville (MA) and the Boston Carmelite Monastery. While earning her MLIS in Pittsburgh, she worked as the Archives and Special Collections Assistant at Chatham University and interned with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archives.
Alison earned a BA in Archaeology and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University and an MLIS with a concentration in Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the New England Archivists.
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.
From her office in San Mateo, California, Annie provides preservation outreach information, assessments, consultations, and training programs to a variety of heritage organizations located in the western U.S. and beyond. Annie previously worked as a Preservation Specialist at Stanford University Libraries, where she was involved with preventive preservation initiatives such as environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, preservation outreach, and collections emergency response, planning, and training. She also had the opportunity to intern at Stanford’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts and at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. One of Annie’s special interests is the preservation of photograph collections, and she participated in week-long course with the California Rare Book School in the History, Identification, and Preservation of Photographic Materials.
Prior to moving to the west coast, Annie held academic and public librarian positions in her home state of Alabama. Annie earned a BA in English Literature from Suffolk University, an MSLIS from Drexel University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Simmons College.
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.