Jesse A. Johnston
Jesse A. Johnston, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information where he teaches about digital preservation and archives. Johnston has extensive experience in the public sector, academic research, and teaching, and he has worked as a librarian and archivist, educator, administrator, and a scholar. As a librarian and archivist, he served as a Senior Librarian for digital content at the Library of Congress and as an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He worked on metadata and digital description for archival audio collections at the Smithsonian. As an administrator, he served as a Senior Program Officer for preservation and access and Acting Records Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In addition, he has taught courses in information science and musicology at the University of Maryland, George Mason University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He maintains research interests in user practices in archives, specifically on how digitization and digital preservation impact access to cultural heritage collections as well as user practices in audio and music archives.