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Nicole Saylor

Nicki Saylor is head of the American Folklife Center Archive at the Library of Congress. She leads a team of archivists, ethnomusicologists and folklorists who curate multiformat collections that document folk culture from around the world, from the earliest field recordings made in the 1890s on wax cylinder through born-digital collections such as StoryCorps. The AFC Archive is the nation’s oldest and largest archives of ethnographic documentation, including folk songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities. Saylor served as head of Digital Research & Publishing at the University of Iowa Libraries from 2007-2012. She has also worked in a public library and a regional humanities center devoted to the languages and cultures of the Upper Midwest since earning her M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. She worked for a decade as a journalist at metropolitan newspapers throughout the Midwest.

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