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Mrs. Judith Opoku-Boateng


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Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Archival Studies from the University of Ghana as well as certificates in Audiovisual Heritage Preservation (AHP).  Judith has rich experience in collecting, preserving and making accessible multifaceted audiovisual heritage materials, and has presented papers at local and international conferences and workshops on AHP Globally.  She has been a private consultant for ICCROM (where she helped with the coordination, editing, and publication of SOIMA 2015 – Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage Conference proceedings).  She 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.  She is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and a Technical Committee Member for SOIMA (ICCROM initiative).  .  Through her initiative, her archive recently implemented the “long awaited” audio digitization project (MAARA: Making African Academic Resources Accessible - Please visit:, with support from the New York University (NYU), Audiovisual Preservation Solutions (AVPreserve) and the University of Ghana. She has written numerous technical reports and offered practical training in her area of expertise.  Her publications include:

  • Its Your Story, Don’t Lose it – Using Sound and Image Heritage to Bridge CulturesPublished by the International Association of Sound And Audiovisual Archives (IASA) Journal No. 48 Page 1-7.  January, 2018.
  • Applying the ‘Baby Nursing Model’ in Under-resourced Archives; the Journey with the Nketia Collections at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon – In ‘Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage – Selected Reading from the International SOIMA 2015 Conference’- Published by PRESTO Centre, October, 27th 2017.
  • The ‘Baby-Nursing Model’ as a recommended management principle in under-resourced heritage institutions. – Daily Graphic Publication, October 27, 2016.  Page 10.