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Paul Conway
Paul Conway is associate professor emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Information. I conduct research and teach courses on the digitization and preservation of photographs, books, and audiovisual resources, archival science, and the ethics of new technologies.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty in 2006, I was a senior administrator for the libraries at Yale University and Duke University. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. I attended Indiana University as an undergraduate.

About the arm

The arm in the picture is that of my youngest son Mike. He's almost 24. I also have an older son Patrick, a graduate of MSU. Mike and Patrick live in Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. My daughter Nina and her husband Russell also live in Charlotte with their daughter Penelope Ann. She's too cute and almost 7. My wife Martha is a librarian and directs the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Michigan. We met over 30 years ago at Dominic's -- at happy hour.

Me and my GPS

I'll take you there!

For a decade, I used a standalone Garmin GPS device in my car. I stuck it to the windshield. My GPS is particularly helpful while driving in Boston. That city has the craziest road patterns this side of Zoji La Pass (India).[1]

Some people name their devices. I named my GPS Mavis for Mavis Staples. Even more explicitly, my GPS channels the Staples Singers' song. "I'll Take You There." Get it?

Mavis the singer is taking us to heaven. Mavis the GPS is merely helping me survive Boston. Good enough.

My Frank Turner Obsession

Frank Turner rocks!

I am crazy for Frank Turner, a British punk-folk singer-songwriter extraordinaire. With all due respect to the late, great James Brown, Frank may well be "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.[2]

I have seen Frank Turner perform live 18 times since 2015. During lockdown in 2020, his best-streamed shows were #2500 from Oxford UK and the awesome #2012 from Kirkby UK on 28 December 2020, which just so happened to be his 39th birthday.

Frank is an erudite author.[3] He is also the subject of a documentary that Amazon ranks #93,246 in Movies & TV.[4]


  1. Kelly Marks, The 12 Scariest and Most Dangerous Roads in the World. Wander Wisdom, July 25, 2020.
  2. Wikipedia: James Brown.
  3. Frank Turner, The Road Beneath My Feet. London: Abrams Press, 2016.
  4. Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner. Polydor, July 17, 2017.