Doug Boyd

Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
University of Kentucky Libraries

Doug Boyd serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.  Boyd led the team that envisioned, designed and implemented the open source OHMS system (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) which connects textual searches to correlating moments in the audio or video files online.  He is currently directing the IMLS National Leadership Grant OHMS: Enhancing Access and Discovery of Oral HIstory Online to create OHMS compatibility with popular systems such as Omeka and CONTENTdm. His recent publications include the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community which was published in August 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky, 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).  He managed the IMLS grant project Oral History in the Digital Age, a national initiative establishing current best practices for collecting, curating and disseminating oral histories and Boyd served as a keynote speaker at the Oral History Association’s annual meeting in 2011 discussing the project. Previously, Doug Boyd 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.   Boyd was recently elected Chair of the Oral History Section for the Society of American Archivists and was elected to the Executive Council of the Oral History Association in 2010 and serves as the digital initiatives editor for the Oral History Review.  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.