Kopana – rhymes with banana – holds a BA in Fine Art [Photography] and MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She is a preservationist, photographer, musician, artist, and Oral History Archivist for Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History & Curator of Newspapers for Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program, Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries. Presently earning her master’s in Historic Preservation from UK’s College of Design, she serves on the committee of deTours for The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation. From 2007-2013, she managed the NEH funded National Digital Newspaper Program for Kentucky for the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America and created meta|morphosis: film-to-digital lecture series for global newspaper and microfilm digitization training.  Since 2013, she has managed the Nunn Center’s catalogue and content management system SPOKEdb while maintaining the center’s digital preservation, project management, accession, reference, recording studio production, A/V reformatting, and liaison duties.

That’s just her day job. 



Most academic writings and presentations listed below are available for download at UKnowledge

Select Articles

  • Terry, Kopana Oral History Collections. Web portal created and maintained by the Brooklyn Historical Society, www.brooklynhistory.org/library/oralhistory., The Oral History Review, Volume 46, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2019, Pages 203–206 https://doi.org/10.1093/ohr/ohy095
  • Terry, Kopana and Weig, Eric Preserving Kentucky’s Newspapers: Analogue Beginnings to Digital Frontier. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 – Cape Town, South Africa in Session 80 – News Media. In: IFLA WLIC 2015 – Cape Town, South Africa. http://library.ifla.org/1268/1/080-terry-en.pdf
  • Terry, Kopana Digitizing Historic Newspapers: The Kentucky Way. Microform and Imaging Review 38(2):54-63 · December 2008. https://www.researchgate.net/
  • Terry, Kopana Paging through the Past: Kentucky’s Newspapers on the National Newsstand. Kentucky Libraries. Kentucky Libraries; Fall 2008, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p18 http://connection.ebscohost.com/
  • Terry, Kopana Kentucky’s Newspapers Digitized. The Kentucky Archivist.
  • Terry, Kopana Mixed Media. Midwest Archives Council Newsletter
  • Weig, Eric and Terry, Kopana and Lybarger, Kathryn (May/June 2007) Large Scale Digitization of Oral Histories: A Case Study. DLib Magazine, Volume 13 Number 5/6, ISSN 1082-9873 http://dlib.org/dlib/may07/weig/05weig.html
  • Terry, Kopana Pay the Lawyer: Creatives and their Rights. Arts Across Kentucky.
  • Terry, Kopana Song Farmers: Wishing Chair Plant Themselves in Your Living Room. Arts Across Kentucky.
  • Terry, Kopana Appalachian Vision: The Transcendental Photography of Tracy Hawkins. Arts Across Kentucky.
  • Terry, Kopana Reeling in the Years: 25 Years of the Reel World String Band. Arts Across Kentucky.
  • Terry, Kopana A Perfect Marriage: The Kentucky Foundation for Women and Director Dr. Judi Jennings, PhD. Arts Across Kentucky.

Select Presentations

  • Preserving News on the Margins with Katherine Skinner, Emily Gore, James Danky, and Ana Krahmer, Educopia/Dodging the Memory Hole (2017: San Fransisco) https://educopia.org/preserving-news-on-the-margins/
  • Kentucky’s Newspapers: From Analogue Beginnings to Digital Frontier – IFLA (2015: Pretoria, South Africa)
  • How OHMS changed the Nunn Center Workflow – Oral History Association (2014: Madison, WI)
  • meta | morphosis: going live – Library of Congress (2012: Washington, D.C.)
  • Harlan County, USA, panelist – Southern Humanities Council (2012: Louisville, KY)
  • Exploring Production Models – Library of Congress (2011 Washington, D.C.)
  • meta | morphosis: from real-time to online – Library of Congress (2011 Washington, D.C.)
  • Newspaper Evaluation Database (NED) – iArchives NDNP Users Group (2011 Washington, D.C.)
  • Analog to Digital: Photography Copyright – Special Libraries Association (2009: Covington, KY)
  • Best Practices for Audio Preservation, chair, Midwest Archives Council (2008: Louisville, KY)
  • Multiple presentations at *meta | morphosis: the university of kentucky film-to-digital institute (*including Microfilm and Newspaper Evaluation, Imaging 101, and *KY-NDNP) (*2006-2009: Lexington, KY)
  • NDNP Phase II, Kentucky NDNP Advisory Board (2008: Lexington, KY)
  • Digitizing Historic Newspapers with Kathryn Lybarger, Kentucky Library Association (KLA) (2007: Louisville, KY)
  • Beyond the Shelf with Rebecca Ryder, SOLINET (2004: Washington, D.C.)
  • Introducing Beyond the Shelf with Rebecca Ryder, KLA Academic Section (2003: Louisville, KY)


credentials & more


Master of Historic Preservation
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (TBA)

Master of Library and Information Science
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2008)

Bachelor of Art, Studio Art-Photography
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1997)

Certificate of Audio Engineering
The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, OH (1984)

Continuing Education

  • Humanity Academy: Diversity Training, University of Kentucky (2009)
  • Describing Archives: A Content Standard, SAA workshop (2008)
  • Archival Perspectives in Digital Preservation, SAA workshop (2008)
  • Environmental Control and Management, Solinet workshop (2008)
  • Project Management for Digital Imaging, ALCTS/Amigos workshop (2006)
  • Metadata for Digitized Resources, ALCTS/Amigos (2006)
  • Digital Preservation Management, Cornell University (2004)
  • Care of Photographic Materials, Solinet workshop (2004)
  • Audio/Visual Collections Management, Solinet workshop (2004)
  • Outcome-Based Evaluations for National Leadership Grants, IMLS (2003)
  • Preservation Microfilming: The Silver Standard, Solinet workshop (2001)


Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College
HIM 254 Records Reproduction and Imaging Systems

meta | morphosis: film-to-digital seminars and tutorials
Seminars: Newspapers on Microfilm; Imaging, Online: Newspapers on Microfilm and all production

Fayette Co. Parks and Rec, Extended School Programs (ESP)
Photography Workshops

Foothills Artists School Programs
Drumming Workshops

Related Experience

  • Grant Writer: National Endowment for the Humanities (NDNP); Kentucky Arts Council; Kentucky Foundation for Women; LexArts
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer Kentucky Foundation for Women (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Video Production
    • Produced, directed, edited, scripted film tutorials for meta|morphosis
    • Produced, directed, edited and scored film tutorials on Chronicling America for the National Endowment for the Humanities available at EDSITEment (available by end December 2012)
    • Produced, directed, edited, scripted promotional film NDNP: The Kentucky Edition (2009)
    • Co-produce, scripted, and voiced WUKY radio series My Old Kentucky News; as well as produced podcasts for each episode (2011)
  • Musical discography and bibliography (select more)
  • Solo/group art and photography (select more)



Kopana Terry


Margaret I. King Library, Room 106
Special Collections Research Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039
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