Associate Director, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
Originally from Maine, Sean Noel has lived and worked in Boston for over twenty years. In 1994, he received his BA in English Literature from Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa, followed by two years in Aomori, Japan teaching English and studying Kendo. After returning to Boston, Noel completed a Master of Liberal Arts degree concentrating in Twentieth Century Narratives in 2002, also from BU. He has spent 16 years at Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in several positions focusing on public service, and is now Associate Director. He lives in Waltham with his wife and daughter.
Noel was a co-author and an investigator on a series of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archival Collaborative (2007 — 2010) and is a co-author and an investigator on a current grant from the NEH called "Expanding Common Ground - The Electronic Cataloguing Project for the Howard Thurman and Sue Bailey Thurman Collections at Boston University" (2012 — 2014).
Noel's interests include exploring the use of archival material in curricula; intellectual property and archives; innovations in the creation of online inventories; and best practices for digitizing and accessing archival material online.