CAAM to Host Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellows in 2018

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We have some exciting news! CAAM, in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition, will be a part of the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship and will host two fellows in 2018.

The fellowship is a part of the WGBH Educational Foundation, which received a $229,772 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The fellowship 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 Boston public media station WGBH 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.

“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,” said Casey Davis Kaufman, Associate Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives and WGBH’s AAPB Project Manager.

The other organizations and universities that WGBH is partnering with are: 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, WUNC, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and KOPN Community Radio.

Stay tuned for more information.