Emily Goodmann, Assistant Professor of Communication at Clarke University, is serving as Network Director for the Radio Preservation Task Force of the United States Library of Congress. This national project aims to preserve, collect, and make accessible all radio collections still in existence in the country.
“Working on this project with so many dedicated media scholars nationwide has been a true pleasure. This national project recognizes that radio broadcasts are the largest untapped archive of primary sources related to cultural and political history in the country. Our aim is to make those resources both visible and useful to all people,” said Goodmann.
Goodmann’s primary responsibility as Network Director and researcher for the Radio Preservation Task Force requires building relationships with and collecting data from National Public Radio station managers throughout the United States. She was recently promoted to Network Director, and has served as a networks researcher for the past three years building a database tool.
The database is a collection of radio history and was jointly created by the Radio Preservation Task Force, National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress (RPTF), and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). ARSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC brings together private individuals and institutional professionals with a serious interest in recorded sound.
Goodmann and her Clarke student intern, Megan Kane, are credited for their work on the database tool.
Goodmann has a Ph.D. and MA in Media, Technology, and Society from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.