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Judith Opoku-Boateng

Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, West Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Archival Studies from the University of Ghana. Judith started her career as an ethnographic researcher documenting music and dance forms from indigenous communities. She loves collecting, preserving and making accessible audiovisual heritage materials to support research and teaching and learning. She has presented papers at conferences, symposia and workshops on Audiovisual Heritage Preservation locally and globally. She has served as a private consultant for ICCROM from October 2015 to February 2017 and is the current Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), as well as its ambassador for Ghana and West Africa. Judith is a Technical Committee Member for SOIMA (ICCROM initiative). She has published articles on Audiovisual Heritage issues and Oral Histories and written numerous technical reports on her area of expertise. She loves advocating for the successful preservation of audiovisual heritage materials and compares them to human babies that need specialised care. She is open to ideas that can improve diversity in IASA and increase membership in the association.