Thanks for the great news. I look forward to meeting him and getting to
know him when we meet next. Please welcome him and give him my best wishes.
At 11:06 AM 11/9/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear Board of Trustees:
>I am very happy to report that Dr. Michael Taft will be joining the
>American Folklife Center staff on February 5, 2001, as a senior
>Folklife Specialist. The staff and I are extremely excited with his
>appointment, and we are looking forward to working with him on many of
>the projects that we have up and running, especially the Save Our
>Sounds preservation effort.
>Dr. Taft received his PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of
>Newfoundland in 1977. He completed post-doctoral work in Folklore at
>Universite Laval in Quebec, and he received his Master of Library and
>Information Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1996.
>Taft has over 25 years of experience in folklife programming and
>archival management. He was named the Laura Boulton Senior Research
>Fellow for the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University
>(1993). Among his positions, Dr. Taft served as the Archivist of the
>Southern Folklife collection at the University of North Carolina at
>Chapel Hill and as the founding Archivist for the Vermont Folklife
>Center. Most recently he comes to us from the University of Northern
>British Columbia, where he has been the University Archivist and Head
>of Special Collections.
>Taft's resume includes over 50 publications in folklore and folklife,
>spanning the period from 1974 to the present, and he has been a
>professor and public lecturer over this same time period.
>I know that you join me in welcoming Michael Taft to the AFC staff.
>Peggy A. Bulger, Director
>American Folklife Center
>Library of Congress
>101 Independence Ave, SE
>Washington, DC 20540-4610
>FAX (202) 707-2076
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