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A Bit about Me

Jesse Johnston is a Senior Digital Collections Specialist at the Library of Congress and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland iSchool. Before working at the Library of Congress, he was an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and worked on metadata and digital description for archival audio collections. From 2013 to 2018, he was a Senior Program Officer for preservation and access and Acting Records Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He previously taught musicology at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan–Dearborn. His research focuses on user practices in archives, performance of Moravian traditional music, and ethnomusicology. He has conducted field research in traditional and popular musics with communities in the Czech Republic, the Philippines, and Czech-Americans in the Upper Midwest. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship (U.S. Department of State/International Institute of Education), a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship (Masaryk University), a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (U.S. Department of Education). At Michigan, he also received the Margaret Mann Award (2012) and the Louise E. Cuyler Award (2008). He holds a PhD in musicology and a Master of Science in Information, both from the University of Michigan.