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Douglas A. Boyd, Ph.D. Indiana University, 2003.  Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

Dr. Boyd (vita in PDF) serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a recognized national leader regarding oral history, archives and digital technologies.   He is currently managing the IMLS grant project Oral History in the Digital Age establishing current best practices for collecting, curating and disseminating oral histories.  The grant is directed by MATRIX at Michigan State University and partners the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Oral History Association and the American Folklore Society.  Additionally, Boyd led the team that envisioned, designed and implemented the open source OHMS system that synchronizes text with audio and video online.  His recent publications include “Achieving the Promise of Oral History in a Digital Age,” a chapter in The Oxford Handbook to Oral History (Oxford University Press), and he is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community published in July 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky.  He recently produced the documentary Quest for the Perfect Bourbon: Voices of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Previously, he managed the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and prior to that worked as the Senior Archivist for the oral history collection at the Kentucky Historical Society.   Doug chairs the Society of American Archivists’ Oral History Section and is currently serving on the Oral History Association’s executive council.  Doug Boyd received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Folklore from Indiana University and his B.A.degree in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.