Paul Conway

4442 North Quad
Associate Professor of Information, School of Information


Paul Conway is associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He teaches courses on digitization, preservation, archives, and the ethics of new technologies. His research encompasses the digitization of cultural heritage resources, particularly photographic archives, the use of digitized resources by experts in a variety of humanities contexts, and the measurement of image and text quality in large-scale digitization programs. He is a pioneer in charting the challenges and opportunities that digital information technologies present to preservation and archival science. He has extensive administrative experience in the cultural heritage sector and has made major contributions over the past 30 years to the literature on archival users and use, preservation management, and digital imaging technologies. He has held positions at the National Archives and Records Administration (1977-87; 1989-92), the Society of American Archivists (1988-89), Yale University (1992-2001), and Duke University (2001-06). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 2011, he was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for his use of social media to teach undergraduate writing on ethics and technology. In 2005, he received the American Library Association's Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award for his contributions to the preservation field. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Areas of interest

* Large-scale digitization of books and serials
* Digital humanities pedagogy and research
* Information quality
* Representation of photographs in digital form
* Transformation is historical sound recordings

Honors & Awards

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


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