Hub for AI Research in Archives

The People

Meet the Founder

Rebecca Y. Bayeck, Ph.D.

Director & Project Lead of HAIRA

Dr. Rebecca Y. Bayeck is a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, She is the founder, director, and project lead of the Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research in Archives (HAIRA). She holds a dual-PhD in Learning Design & Technology and Comparative & International Education from the Pennsylvania State University.  Her interdisciplinary research is at the interface of several fields including , the learning sciences, literacy studies, game studies, and library and information studies.,   At this intersection, she explores literacies  and learning in various spaces such as games, and particularly board games, She is interested in emerging technologies and their implications for learning, knowing, being, and interacting.  At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, she engages in digital research, data curation, and inclusive design

Meet the Advisory Council

Siobahn Day Grady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of School of Library and Information Science

Siobahn is the first woman Computer Science Ph.D. graduate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (2018). She is an Assistant Professor of Information Science/Systems in the School of Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University, an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, and an e-Learning Faculty Fellow at NCCU. Her research focuses on utilizing machine learning to identify sources of misinformation on social media and toward improving fault-detection in autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Grady advocates increasing the number of women and minorities in computer science. She believes that “The STEM workforce has both gender disparities and that of historically disenfranchised groups. As an ambassador, she affects change by examining girls’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, helping them gain confidence in curating and developing a STEM identity.” Technology is the way of the future, and Dr. Grady has a vision for minority girl’s and women’s futures. She realizes that vision by providing educational opportunities through community organizations and the college courses she teaches, and research grants and publications.

Azure Stewart, Ph.D.

CLIR Postdoctoral Scholar

Azure is an Educator and Researcher. She earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Azure is currently a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at New York  University Libraries.

Anthea Seles, Ph.D.

Secretary General of ICA

Dr. Seles is the Secretary General of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and holds a doctorate in archives and records management from University College London. She has worked in various roles examining the impact of data integrity on accountability, transparency and development initiatives. Between 2014-2016 while at the National Archives UK (TNA), Dr. Seles was part of a research initiative that tested the use of machine learning technologies to carry out appraisal and selection, and sensitivity review to facilitate government digital records transfers from UK departments to TNA. She has continued to carry out research and lecture on the topic of AI and Archives, examining the practical and ethical implications of deploying these technologies.

Jennifer Garcon, Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor of CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Dr. Jennifer Garcon is a Digital Scholarship Library at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and a Faculty Advisor for the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program. In addition to helping faculty, students, and staff develop digital tools and technology competencies, she had written and spoken widely about ethnic and pedagogy of digital methods. Garcon has worked to develop archiving and preservation initiatives geared toward combatting data loss and technological obsolescence and protecting and safeguarding historic data in communities experiencing gentrification (in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.) She’s a research associate for the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Taskforce, an initiative to develop comprehensive national preservation of sound recordings. Garcon earned her Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where her research focused on radio politics and grassroots anti-government movement in the Cold War Caribbean. She also holds a BA in Literature from Brown University and an MA in American Literature from Hunter College.

Mutale Nkonde

Founder of AI For the People (AFP)

AI For the People (AFP) is a nonprofit communications firm, founded by Mutale Nkonde. AFP’s mission is to produce content that empowers general audiences to combat racial bias in tech. Prior to starting AI for the People, Nkonde worked in AI Governance. During that time, she was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, the DEEP FAKES Accountability Act, and the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act to the US House of Representatives. In 2021 Nkonde was the lead author of  Disinformation Creep: ADOS and the Weaponization of Breaking News, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, which kicked off her work in mis and disinformation. AI for the People recently co-produced a film with Amnesty International to support  the ban the scan campaign a global push to ban facial recognition. She has been designated as a Distinguished speaker on Race and Tech by the US State Department, is a key constituent to the UN 3C Table for AI and is a fellow at the Stanford Center of Digital Civil Society.

Eric Kaltman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science CSUCI

Dr. Eric Kaltman is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at California State University Channel Islands where he researches new tools and technologies for the critical historical study of computer software and games. He was a project manager for the IMLS-funded Game Metadata and Citation Project (GAMECIP) from 2014-2018, and was a CLIR Fellow for Data Curation in the Science at Carnegie Mellon University prior to arriving at Cal State. Currently, he is working to found a Software History Futures and Technologies (SHFT) research group to formalize the historical methods he’s developed over the last decade in collaboration with a cohort of undergraduate researchers. Their first project is the application of machine learning classification algorithms to interactive arts production data sets.

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