Ryder Kouba joined ACOR in July 2021 as librarian and archivist. Immediately prior to working at ACOR, he was the collections archivist at the University of Hong Kong Archives; earlier he had served as the digital collections archivist in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo. The University of Texas at Austin granted both his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s in information science.
Among Kouba’s professional activities is membership in PERSIST, a UNESCO program that focuses on software preservation. Additionally, he has served a curatorial advisor for the Digital Library of the Middle East project and on various committees of the Society of American Archivists and the Middle East Librarians Association. His interests in his fields include increasing access to and improving library and archival holdings, digital preservation and web archiving, and the digital humanities.