Paul Conway, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
As the principal investigator for the project, Professor Conway oversees digitization, post-processing, and metadata activities; supervises graduate students; leads the design of the delivery system; and reports on the project in writing and public presentations. Professor Conway conducts research and teaches courses on archival science, the digitization and preservation of photographs, books, and audiovisual resources, and the ethics of new technologies.
Kelly Askew, Professor, Anthropology, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
As co-principal investigator, Professor Askew’s responsibilities involve domain expertise in African music and culture, liaison with the Voice of America English-to-Africa Division, and leading the community/performer outreach aspects of the project. Professor Askew is Director of the African Studies Center at Michigan, and has worked for over two decades in Tanzania and Kenya. Her writings and film projects span two primary research areas: poetic arts as vehicles for populist engagement with politics, and the formalization of property rights.
Shannon Zachary, Head of Preservation and Conservation, MLibrary
Ms. Zachary is the essential administrative and professional link between the School of Information and the MLibrary. She coordinates the management and preservation of the analog source tapes, the digital sound files created during the project, and the data-management plan for the project. Ms. Zachary has worked in the preservation and conservation since 1987. She also teaches library and archive preservation as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information. She holds a diploma in paper conservation from Camberwell College of Art in London and a MLIS from the University of Michigan.