Dr. Helen Tibbo, professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected vice president/president elect of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Tibbo will begin a one-year term as vice president of the SAA in August 2009 and will begin her presidency in August 2010.
Dr. Tibbo has been involved with the SAA for over 20 years. She received the organization's most prestigious award of SAA Fellow in 2005 and she won the Fellows' Ernst Posner Award in 1994. She is the co-founder and co-organizer of the SAA Research Forum (2005–present); a member of the SAA Council (1997-2000); served on the American Archivist Editorial Board (2001–2008 and 1991–1994); held membership with the SAA Appointments Committee (2005–2006); chair of the Publications Board (1994–1997); and held membership in the Archival Educators Roundtable (1986–present). She has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference since 1985, and she joined the Society of North Carolina Archivists in 1990.
SAA is “North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.”
Tibbo is also on the Editorial Board of the Digital Curation Centre's (DCC) Digital Curation Manual and the ISO Working Group that is developing an international standard for audit and certification of digital repositories. Dr. Tibbo has extensive experience planning and conducting practitioner-oriented education and dissemination events with "Digitization for Cultural Heritage Information Professionals," 2002-2004; "NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowship Symposia," 2004-2007; the DigCCurr2007 conference; and the DigCCurr2009 conference.
Tibbo has been with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill in various roles since 1989. She has been an assistant, associate and full professor and she was awarded the Frances Carroll McColl Term professorship in 2000. She also served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 2000. She teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, electronic retrieval and reference.
She received her M.L.S. from Indiana University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Maryland-College Park.