GBH on behalf of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting is pleased to introduce our 2022-2023 cohort of fellows for the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship (PBPF), a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Minow Family Foundation. The PBPF supports students enrolled in non-specialized graduate programs to pursue digital preservation projects at public broadcasting organizations around the country. The Fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in the practices of audiovisual preservation; address the need for digitization of at-risk public media materials in underserved areas; and increase audiovisual preservation education capacity in Library and Information Science graduate programs around the country.
Over the summer semester of this year, each fellow will inventory, digitize, and catalog a small collection of audiovisual media; generate technical and preservation metadata; and process the digital files for ingest into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The fellows will collaborate with a faculty advisor at their university to complete documentation about their work and develop a training workshop for fellow students in the autumn semester. The fellowship will also support a digitization station at each university for the use by the fellows and future students enrolled at the universities. Please welcome the members of our 2022-2023 PBPF cohort:
Fellow: Michelle Moriarity Witt
Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Host Organization: University of North Carolina Libraries
Faculty Advisor: Helen Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science; Erica Titkemeyer, Associate Head, Repository Services
Michelle Witt is a master’s student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. She is a professional writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience. She completed an internship with the State Archives of North Carolina in fall 2021 and served as a graduate research assistant for the Mellon Foundation-funded project On These Grounds, a cross-institutional reparative description initiative. Over the past five years, she has spent her spare time creating metadata for A/V Geeks, a NC-based film archive specializing in orphaned institutional 16mm films.
Fellow: Kaitlin Howard
Program: University of Missouri
Host Organization: KOPN
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Buchanan, Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
Kaitlin Howard is a graduate student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technology at the University of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and is currently studying to become an archivist, focusing on digital preservation. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys genealogical research, photography, and volunteering for the State Historical Society of Missouri.
Fellow: Emily Keenan
Program: University of Oklahoma
Host Organization: KGOU
Faculty Advisor: Susan K. Burke, Associate Professor and Director, School of Library and Information Studies
My name is Emily Keenan (she/her), and I am a graduate student currently completing my Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. My professional interests include working in academic libraries and special collections, and I am passionate about diversity and inclusion. I aspire to serve and represent the underrepresented in academic libraries and special collections.
Fellow: Jennifer Scott
Program: San Jose State University
Host Organization: Center for Asian American Media
Faculty Advisor: Alyce Scott, Digital Curation and Preservation, San Jose State University
Jen Scott earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2015 from Syracuse University. After working in public libraries for almost 10 years, both in Teen and Adult Services, she became interested in archival work, specifically in digitization and digital archives. She is currently working towards a Post Master’s Certificate in Digital Archives and Records Management from San Jose State University. Jen’s interests include traveling, watching movies, and going to the theater. She is looking forward to this fellowship and the experience it will bring, and is excited to see where it takes her.
Fellow: Patrice Prevost
Program: Clayton State University
Host Organization: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Faculty Advisor: Josh Kitchens, Director, Clayton State Archival Studies Program
My name is Patrice Hines Prevost. I hope everyone is staying well and is as cautiously optimistic about our future as I am.
I am originally from New Orleans but have lived and worked in the Atlanta area for many years. I have a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and I am currently working on my Master’s in Archival Studies at Clayton State University.
I have an extensive background working within public libraries and community affairs. I am quite accustomed to being the “non-traditional” voice in the room. I undertake all my endeavors with determination and an arduous work ethic. I look forward to undertaking this important work.
Fellow: Catherine Cubera
Program: University of Tennessee
Host Organization: East Tennessee PBS
Faculty Advisor: Abebe Rorissa, Director, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
Catherine Cubera (she/her/hers) is a second-year Master’s student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Go Vols!). She loves coffee, the mountains, and her home state of Georgia. With a passion for history and writing, she plans to pursue an archival career dedicated to preserving the stories and artifacts of World War II.
Fellow: Kimo Nichols
Program: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Host Organization: ‘Ulu’Ulu
Faculty Advisor: Rich Gazan, Professor and Director of the Library & Information Science Program, School of Communication & Information, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; Dr. Tonia Sutherland, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Kimo Nichols is a graduate student in the MLIS Program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he also works as a staff member in the Serials Department at the university’s Hamilton Library. Although interested in several different subfields of librarianship, he is fundamentally drawn to the many varied aspects of music and film related special library collections. He is heavily into vinyl record collecting and is a long-time DJ at KTUH FM, UHM’s student-run station, where he also serves as the Music Librarian. He lives in Wahiawā, O’ahu.
Fellow: Amanda Gedeon
Program: Kent State University
Host Organization: WKSU
Faculty Advisor: Karen F. Gracy, Professor, Kent State University
Having worked in sports broadcasting, independent film, and other related industries, Amanda is familiar with both the creation of audiovisual media and its preservation. She holds a Masters’ degree from the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image program at the University of Amsterdam; her thesis examined how perception of past events may alter when documentary footage is presented with or without color. Two previous fellowships have seen her focus towards optical media and the distinct challenges they present. Amanda is currently pursuing an MLIS at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, within the Cultural Heritage Informatics track.
Fellow: David Sohl
Program: Dominican University
Host Organization: WTTW
Faculty Advisor: Cecilia Salvatore, Professor and Coordinator, Archives and Cultural Heritage Program, School of Information Studies
In December of 2021, David Sohl resigned from his job of 14 years to pursue a career in moving image preservation and archiving. He is positively thrilled to be a part of the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship, and grateful for the opportunity to help WTTW preserve its holdings. David is an avid movie-watcher, finding merit in high-brow, low-brow, and no-brow cinema. He lives in Chicago with his wife and dog.