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
(202) 707-1745
FAX (202) 707-2076
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