Our team of passionate, dedicated professionals represent varied perspectives and areas of expertise. We all share a commitment to long-term access for software and software-dependent materials.
Jess Farrell
Community Coordinator

As SPN Community Coordinator, Jess Farrell will coordinate the implementation of member initiatives by monitoring project schedules and deadlines; identify areas of operational improvement; foster strong relationships between community members; help to prepare and present outreach communications; provide research assistance to advance SPN member goals and objectives; and cultivate relationships outside of the member organizations that will contribute to SPN sustainability.

We’re at a point in the profession where collectively there has been a ton of great progress on identifying and deconstructing the significant properties of our most commonly-preserved file formats so that we can build preservation systems and workflows to sustain them. This work will never end, but I’m excited that the profession is at a point where we have the mental capacity and energy to consider the root question of how we preserve environments that facilitate the creation of these files, and considering if providing access long-term depends equally on preserving software.”
Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler
Law & Policy Advisor

As SPN Legal & Policy Consultant, Brandon Butler oversees SPN’s policy agenda and legal strategy for securing lawful preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Components of this work may include developing SPN policy briefs; representing SPN in future DMCA exemption rounds; managing SPN’s relationships with law school clinic faculty and students; and identifying potential grant partners to advance SPN’s legal and policy agendas.

  “As a lawyer, I help libraries find ways to accurately represent and share information in their collections within the bounds of the law. The more I’ve learned about software preservation, the more I’ve been struck by the fact that even when I can provide an ironclad legal argument in defense of sharing a digital collection, my library clients will be out of luck if they haven’t got access to the right software to render their collections. Code is law, indeed. Getting software preservation right will be as important, or perhaps even more important, than getting the legal issues right, as libraries continue to pursue their missions in changing digital circumstances.”
Hannah Ballard
Communications Manager

As SPN Communications Manager, Hannah Ballard helps to develop and oversee SPN’s communication strategy, including SPN’s web, print, and social media presence. Components of this work include developing cross-platform messaging campaigns; advising on the use and continued development of the SPN brand; monitoring SPN’s impact across its communications channels; and most importantly, sharing and amplifying the stories of the SPN community as we endeavor to save software together.

Software preservation is crucial to the communications profession because the heart of our enterprise – digital storytelling – occurs across such a wide and evolving range of platforms and channels. Content can be created in the Adobe suite, collaborated on in an editorial calendar that is part of a project management software, and then shared on software-dependent social media platforms that are rapidly evolving and often inattentive to questions of preservation.”

Caitlin Perry
Administrative Coordinator

As SPN Administrative Coordinator, Caitlin Perry oversees general accounting, accounts receivable, and payroll; acts as liaison to all SPN members regarding invoicing; provides bi-annual updates regarding SPN budget revenue and expenditures; provides event planning support; and supports the rest of the SPN staff and SPN members in maintaining open lines of communication by coordinating schedules across timezones for groups large and small.

I use Quickbooks every day to invoice, track expenses, and do basic reporting. For better or worse, it’s the software that allows my day to run smoothly. The need to maintain financial data may not have the same emotional resonance as preserving cultural objects, but financial records have both legal and historical importance. We’re a long way from paper ledgers and handwritten reports, and preserving the software systems that support existing records is crucial to maintaining access for the future. “
Jessica Meyerson
Community Cultivation Advisor

As SPN Community Cultivation Advisor, Jessica Meyerson manages staff – ensuring that our work adheres to core principles of transparency, responsiveness, and engagement; oversees shared measurement across SPN Affiliated Projects, Working Groups and other initiatives to enable data-driven decision making by community members; helps to engage and sustain partnerships with allied efforts initiatives; and broadens participation in SPN.

“Something as massive in scope as software preservation can’t be left to a handful of institutions. The long term success of something this ambitious is to broaden the number and type of institutions taking ownership over some aspect of the work. At the same time, distributed ownership over a common agenda requires constant alignment and realignment. I am grateful to be part of a community that is dedicated to ensuring that the varied software curation and preservation efforts of organizations and individuals are making measurable progress towards ‘Saving Software, Together.'”

Katherine Skinner
Community Cultivation Advisor

As SPN Community Cultivation Advisor, Dr. Katherine Skinner assists SPN leadership and members in understanding, evaluating, and planning this community’s growth, change, and maturation; encourages market development and strategic partnerships across public, academic, and commercial sectors; provides scaffolding to help SPN implement a strong administrative and communications infrastructure; and evaluates the ongoing activities, accomplishments, and engagement of the SPN community.

“The bits and bytes that store our information are ephemeral in their own right, susceptible to myriad threats and challenges to stability and accessibility. Software is necessary to render these bits and bytes from a string of 0’s and 1’s into human-understandable information. If the software environment in which a file was originally created and used is no longer available, neither is the file itself. Managing those files along with the environments in which they can be rendered and understood is a crucial part of information management.