Clayton State University is one of several higher education institutions across the U.S. that will participate in a national fellowship for students interested in historic archive preservation.
Boston public media station WGBH was recently awarded a $229,772 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to launch the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship.
The grant will fund 10 graduate students from across the United States to digitize at-risk audiovisual materials at public media organizations near their universities.
The digitized content will ultimately be incorporated into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between WGBH Boston and the Library of Congress working to digitize and preserve thousands of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from public radio and public television’s more than 60-year legacy.
“We’re excited that our students will have the opportunity to participate in the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship,” said Prof. Joshua Kitchens, director of the Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State. “Through this program our students will gain a valuable experience in the archival field that will help prepare them for a career in archives. We also will use our experiences with this fellowship program to impact our other students through discussion and demonstrations in our other courses.”
WGBH has developed partnerships with library and information science programs and archival science programs at five universities: Clayton State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, and San Jose State University.
Each school will be paired with a public media organization that will serve as a host site for two consecutive fellowships: Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), WUNC, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, KOPN Community Radio, and the Center for Asian American Media in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition.
“We are honored that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has chosen WGBH to lead the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship,” said Casey Davis Kaufman, Associate Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives and WGBH’s AAPB Project Manager. “This grant will allow us to prepare a new generation of library and information science professionals to save at-risk and historically significant public broadcasting collections, especially fragile audiovisual materials, from regions and communities underrepresented in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.”
Kitchens said the university would also receive digitization station for audio materials as a part of the grant. The digitization station will be used to convert analog and digital recording formats from GPB to newer digital audio formats.
Kitchens said the archival studies program will use the station as an example of digitization through video demonstrations.
The first fellowship will take place during the 2018 spring semester, from January to April of 2018. The second fellowship will take place during the summer semester from June to August of 2018. The grant also will support participating universities in developing long-term audiovisual preservation curricula, including providing funding for audiovisual digitization equipment, and developing partnerships with local public media organizations.