SILS announces new public broadcasting preservation fellowships for master's students

November 7, 2017

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is a partner on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant that is supporting two paid public broadcasting preservation fellowships for SILS master’s students in spring 2018 and summer 2018.

SILS is working in conjunction with WUNC and Wilson Library to facilitate the fellowships, which are specifically for students with a demonstrable interest in audio and visual media archives. Fellows will engage in the digital preservation of historically significant AV materials from the WUNC archival collections.

Details of the fellowships:

  • Each fellow will work 224 hours and receive a stipend of $5,152.
  • Fellows will attend a training “boot camp” in Boston with travel expenses paid from the grant. Training for the spring fellow is January 3-6 (arrive January 2); for the summer fellow June 4-7 (arrive June 3).
  • Work duration: The spring fellow will work 16 hours per week from January 15 to April 27. The summer fellow will work 22.5 hours per week from June 4 to August 10. It is the same total number of work hours but spread over a different duration.
  • Both fellows will be required to attend the August 2018 conference of the Society of American Archivists and give a presentation on their project (August 12-18, 2018 in Washington, DC). Travel and conference expenses will be paid by the grant.
  • The summer fellow will be expected to give a workshop for SILS students in fall 2018 on how to use the equipment for the digitization of AV materials.
  • The spring fellow will be chosen by the end of November 2017 and the summer fellow will be chosen by April 1, 2018.
  • To apply for the fellowship, students should contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (, and provide a short essay detailing their interest, a list of courses they have taken, and a brief CV. An interview will also be required.

The WGBH Educational Foundation received a $229,772 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from IMLS to launch this fellowship program. WBGH has partnered with master’s programs at five universities from across the United States to fund 10 graduate students, who will digitize at-risk audiovisual materials at public media organizations near their campuses. Read the press release about the IMLS award at