Dr Adam Girard appointed as ITMA Digital Archivist

ITMA is delighted to welcome Dr Adam Girard who has recently been appointed to the new position of ITMA Digital Archivist. The role involves the management and development of ITMA's Digital Repository (currently Arkivum Perpetua) as well as the development of a suite of digital preservation tools, and associated IT.  

Adam Girard brings a wide variety of skills and experience to this new role at ITMA. He holds an MLIS from the Dominican University (River Forest IL) and a PhD in Information and Communication Studies from UCD.

Adam’s professional career has primarily focused on culturally significant audio-visual collections in a variety of settings, including audio-visual libraries and internationally known archival institutions. Significantly for ITMA, he has developed a special interest in all types of audio recording media, ranging from antiquated formats to modern born-digital files.

His interest in sound further extends to working as a sound engineer for large festivals as well as studio projects.

In his free time he is an avid collector of field recordings, a hobby that has brought him to many corners of the globe. His field recordings include: Carnatic vocal music in southern India; Vodou Funeral Rites in Haiti, and traditional Khaen players in northern Thailand.

Adam is also a 5 string banjo player.

Adam’s combination of archival training, technical skills, and interests make him a most welcome professional and musical addition to the ITMA team.