Paul Conway

4442 North Quad
Associate Professor of Information, School of Information


Paul Conway (Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, University of Michigan, 1991) is associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Information. His research and teaching focus on archival science, the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage resources, and the ethics of new information technologies. His funded research projects at Michigan have included developing a model of expert user interaction with large collections of digitized photographs, measuring the quality of large-scale digitization as represented in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and understanding the complexities of providing access to collections of original live audio recordings. His most cited work has been published in Archival Science, American Archivist, and Library Quarterly. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2006, he was an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration and a senior administrator for the libraries at Yale and Duke universities. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and a 2011 recipient of the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

Areas of interest

* Preservation of audiovisual resources
* Large-scale digitization of books and serials
* Access to historical sound recordings
* Digital humanities pedagogy and research
* Information quality and user perceptions of value
* Representation of photographs in digital form

Honors & Awards

2016 New York Public Library Research Fellowship
2014 Jesse H. Shera Award, American Library Association [Best Research Paper]
2012 Hugh A. Taylor Prize, Association of Canadian Archivists [Best Paper in Archivaria]
2011 SAA Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award [Best Paper in American Archivist]
2011 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, University of Michigan
2009 Outstanding Paper Award, Literati Network Awards for Excellence
2008 Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award
2005 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, American Library Association
2004 Research Libraries Leadership Fellowship, Association of Research Libraries
1997 Fellow, Society of American Archivists


Ph.D. [Information and Library Studies] University of Michigan, 1991
MA. [History & Administration of Archives] University of Michigan, 1980
BA. [Honors History] Indiana University, 1975

Research Projects