About Doug Boyd
Doug Boyd Ph.D. 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. Most recently, Boyd led the team that envisioned, designed and implemented the open source OHMS system that synchronizes text with audio and video online, and he is currently completing the design and implementation on an open source, online oral history collection management database system.
His recent publications include the article Horses and Hoops: New Approaches to Oral History in a Digital Environment, as well as “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 new book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community which was published in August 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky. Boyd serves as the co-general editor for the Kentucky Remembered series for the University Press ofKentucky.
Doug Boyd is the author of the blog Digital Omnium, co-hosts the Saving Stories radio program and podcast on Lexington’s NPR station WUKY featuring Kentucky oral history and various Nunn Center initiatives. Boyd also regularly writes, lectures, and consults on oral history and digital technologies, archives, and digital preservation having recently consulted for the University of Colorado, the University ofAlabama, and the Navajo Nation. He regularly teaches archives and oral history courses for the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science. 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. Previously, Doug Boyd established and administered Digital Programs for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the KentuckyOral History Commission and prior to that worked as the Senior Archivist for the oral history collection at the Kentucky Historical Society. Boyd was elected in 2008 to the Oral History Steering Committee for the Society of American Archivists and to the Executive Council of the Oral History Associati on in 2010. Doug Boyd received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Folklore from Indiana Universityand his B.A. degree in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Doug Boyd has also been known to write a few songs, record a few songs and perform a few songs. As a singer songwriter, Boyd’s music is featured on Through the Dream Door released by Lazy Susan Records and available for download from most mainstream music outlets.