Now Recruiting 2013-2015 ESOPI Fellows!

October 5, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funding fellowships for the project "Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure" or ESOPI2. This project seeks to prepare the next generation of public information stewards by building on the existing dual degree program and developing fellowships, curricula, courses and experiential components designed specifically for the needs of public sector information professionals. This fellowship provides graduate students interested in both public information and public policy with the skills needed to become leaders in public information curation and public policy administration.

What the Fellowships Offer:

• A 15-hr/wk position as Fellow in Public Information Stewardship
• An annual stipend of $16,000
• Two academic years of in-state tuition and health coverage
• Opportunity to meet experts in public information curation via symposia, conferences and workshops

Fellows have worked on:

• creating the State of North Carolina Best Practices for Using Social Media policy
• authoring an article on eDiscovery software capabilities at NARA
• creating a policy document on text messaging policy for the North Carolina State Archives
• revising and developing new online training modules for the University Archives and Records Management Services (UARMS) at UNC Chapel Hill
• developing an e-mail policy for the University Archives and Records Management Services at UNC at Chapel Hill
• advising local and state government energy efficiency and water quality programs on possible financing options and institutional arrangements

Fellowship Application Process
The ESOPI2 Fellowship is provided to masters level students who are pursuing the dual degree program offered by SILS and the SOG. Thus, acceptance into both programs is a requirement for the award. To apply:

• Apply to SILS via the regular admissions process found at http://sils.unc.edu/programs/graduate/admissions. Students are encouraged to apply by December 13 as this ensures consideration of the greatest amount of university funding, but we accept applications on a rotating basis throughout the year.

• Apply to the SOG via the regular admissions process found on the MPA Admissions page at http://www.mpa.unc.edu/node/20. Students must apply by January 1st. It is possible to apply for this program after acceptance into the SILS program.

• In addition to the required written statement of your intended research focus, please write a separate essay elaborating on how these goals are related to those of ESOPI2. E-mail the essay to Dr. Helen Tibbo or Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee. Earlier applications are encouraged. Please note that we are only able to accept applications from United States citizens at this time.

Prospective students may make appointments with faculty and staff members to discuss admission requirements, program schedules, and curriculum content. The school office arranges appointments within its normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

Interested applicants are invited to contact:

School of Information and Library Science
Campus Box 3360, 100 Manning Hall
216 Lenoir Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3660
P: 919-962-8366
sils.unc.edu