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Helen Tibbo

Helen Tibbo

Helen is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, and archival reference and outreach. She is also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was SAA President 2010-2011.

From 2006-2013, Dr. Tibbo was the Principal Investigator (PI) for five IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services)-funded projects: DigCCurr I project that developed an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master’s level students (www.ils.unc.edu/digccurr); DigCCurr II (2008-2013) that extends the Digital Curation Curriculum to the doctoral level; Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21) (2009-2012); Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG) (2009-2013) and ESOPI2 (2010-2014). ESOPI-21 and ESOPI2 are partnerships with UNC’s School of Government. CDCG is a collaboration with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Center (DCC), to explore educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals in the digital curation domain in the US and the UK. Dr. Tibbo is also the head of the Standards and Policies Community of Practice for the DataNet Federation Consortium and conducted test ISO 16363 audits of repositories in Europe and the US project during the summer of 2011.


View from across the Pond: Opportunities, Gaps, and Challenges in Digital Curation Lifelong Learning

While some excellent lifelong learning programs in digital curation and preservation for cultural heritage information professionals exist in the US, most activities are sporadic and depend on temporary and shrinking grant funding. How to best provide continuing education on digital curation and preservation remains an open question. This presentation will critique current programs, discuss key issues, and propose models to fill the existing educational gaps.

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