Helen Tibbo

Alumni Distinguished Professor
Manning Hall, Room 211

Expertise and Interests:
Archives and records management, information services for the humanities, electronic information retrieval, reference service 

B.A., Bridgewater State College (English)
M.L.S., Indiana University
M.A., University of Maryland (American Studies)
Ph.D., University of Maryland (Library and Information Science)

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at SILS and teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, trustworthy repositories, and data curation. She developed the Archives and Records Management (ARM) Program at SILS and teaches in the SILS Post Master’s Certificate in Data Curation. She is also responsible for developing a new Professional Science Master’s Degree in Digital Curation.
Dr. Tibbo is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was SAA President 2010–2011. From 2006–2009, Dr. Tibbo was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services)-funded DigCCurr I project that developed an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master’s students (www.ils.unc.edu/digccurr). She was also the PI for DigCCurr II (2008–2013) that extended the Digital Curation Curriculum to the doctoral level. In 2009, IMLS awarded Dr. Tibbo two additional projects, Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21) and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG). ESOPI-21 (2009–2012) was a partnership with UNC’s School of Government to provide students with a master’s degree in library/information science and a master’s degree in public administration so that they can work in the public policy arena concerning digital preservation and curation issues and laws. CDCG (2009–2013) was a collaboration with IMLS and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Center (DCC), both of the United Kingdom, to explore educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals in the digital curation domain in the US and the UK.
In 2011, IMLS awarded Dr. Tibbo funding for the Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure (ESOPI2) project that continued the work of ESOPI-21 through 2015. In April 2013, Dr. Tibbo received an IMLS award for the “Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education: Data Management Education Tools for Librarians, Archivists, & Content Creators" or CRADLE project that will extend through 2016 and funded the creation of the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC.

Courses Recently Taught:
756-01W: Data Curation and Management
752: Digital Preservation and Access
755: Archival Appraisal

Awards and Recognition:
Library of Congress Digital Pioneer, October 2011.
Alumni Distinguished Professor, July 2010.
Society of American Archivists Vice-President/President-Elect, April 2009.
Society of American Archivists Fellow, August 2005. [Lifetime achievement honor].