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.
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 twelve assessments and consultations and taught over 35 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.
Alison Fulmer provides training programs, assessments, consultations, and disaster assistance to libraries, archives, museums, universities, and historical societies nationwide. She has participated in a digital preservation assessment for a university library, a town-wide preservation assessment, and an assessment of municipal records in a town clerk’s office, and she is currently conducting general preservation assessments for a college archive and a public library’s local history collection. She has presented “Personal Digital Archiving” and “Preserving Your Family Collections” training webinars, and served as a teaching assistant for NEDCC’s county-wide emergency preparedness course in California. During late summer 2021 she is serving as co-instructor for NEDCC’s Preservation 101 web course.
Alison has eight years of archives experience, including work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the City of Somerville (MA), the Boston Carmelite Monastery, Chatham University, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 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.
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. Since joining the Preservation Services department in March 2021, she has taught six workshops and webinars on digital preservation, physical collections care, and emergency preparedness; served as a teaching assistant for NEDCC’s five-month Emergency Preparedness Course for California institutions; and served as a co-instructor for NEDCC’s ten-week Preservation 101 course. To meet specific client needs, she created a webinar on “10 Tips for Preservation-Friendly Reading Rooms.” 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.
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.
From her office in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eli provides consultations, training programs, assessments, and disaster assistance to a variety of cultural heritage organizations nationwide with a focus on the Southeast region of the United States. Prior to joining the NEDCC, Eli performed conservation services and preservation consultations for institutions in the Gulf South. She previously served as the Special Collections Conservation Technician at the Stanford University Libraries and then as the Rare Book Library Associate at Tulane University. In this latter role, she managed the university's collection of rare books and provided instruction and outreach services for students, faculty, and the wider New Orleans community.
Eli has a combined 10 years of experience working in museums, archives, and libraries. She has given presentations on mold identification and proper handling, has consulted with institutions to manage and create their preservation programs, and in her role in the New Orleans Preservation Coalition, has worked closely with preservation and emergency management professionals to create outreach and strategies for emergency preparedness and response. Eli earned an MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa's Center for the Book.
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.