About the editor

I’m the husband of Linda Prom and the father of Andy, Grace, and Molly.  We live in Champaign, Illinois, but I began this blog when I was a research fellow at the University of Dundee, Centre for Archive and Information Studies. I was there with support of a Fulbright Scholar (Faculty) award.  We all felt fortunate for the chance to live overseas and learn about life in Scotland and the UK, and I recorded some thoughts about that here: http://e-records.chrisprom.com/?p=1203.  I hold a Ph.D. in British History and am currently the Assistant University Archivist and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It’s a great job. I identify, preserve, and provide access to records documenting the human experience. You meet a lot of interesting people that way, and get to collaborate on all kinds of interesting projects.  I am co-director with Scott Schwartz of the Archon project (which developed a CMS for archival descriptive information and which was awarded a Mellon Technology Collaboration Award).  I am currently a member of the technical team for the ArchiveSpace Project and a fellow of the Society of American Archivists.  As of fall 2011, I am drafting a guide to preservation of email, for the Digital Preservation Coalition in the UK.  I am also seeking funding for a new research project, which you can read about at http://www.ikive.com, eagerly awaiting news from the group to whom I submitted a proposal.

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