Rawad Isaiah J. Bou Malhab is an archivist and information management specialist who joined ACOR as a project lead consultant for the ACOR Digital Archive in spring 2021. Previously, he served as project manager for the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) in 2018 and as librarian, information specialist, and communication coordinator at the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut) in 2019. He has also worked as an archivist at the Aref el Rayess Foundation and as communications manager at Dar el Nimer for Arts and Culture. Rawad has participated in several workshops and training programs organized by the Qatar National Library, IFLA, and UNESCO concerning information management and documentation, including Practical Methods for the Scientific Examination of Library Objects at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (2020) and Collection Management and Documentation Techniques in Amman (2020). Rawad’s interest in local plants and botanical drawings led him to collaborate with Tawlet on its third L’Herbier Libanais (2018). He is currently enrolled at the Faculty of Information Management and Documentation at the Lebanese University.
Rawad currently serves as the primary implementer of ACOR’s 2020–2024 Digital Archive grant from the U.S. Department of Education, reporting to the ACOR director. His role includes supervising digitization according to project standards and targets, performing quality-control checks of digitized content, contributing to bilingual metadata description of archival media, developing systematized Arabic-language metadata standards, producing recommendations for various archival processes at ACOR (such as workflow and file storage), providing input on DAMS integration with the new public website, and conducting public outreach efforts, among other tasks. During the 2020/2021 Amman Center renovation, he supervises and trains interns and staff and tends organizational and logistical matters for the archive.