EBSCO Scholarships in Audio-Visual Preservation and Archiving

In collaboration with WGBH public media in Boston and the Library of Congress, Alabama SLIS invites applications for a new scholarship program for students interested in the preservation and archiving of legacy audio-visual media from American public broadcasting stations.  To be eligible for the EBSCO scholarships, students must be entering the MLIS program in fall of 2020.

Students will complete the requirements for the Archival Concentration that will include courses in the fundamentals of digitizing audio-visual content and preparing it for ingest into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB).  In the last two semesters of the program, students will be placed as interns in public media stations in their local areas.  Each student will work 150 hours per semester on-site at their placement station.  Recordings produced during the internships will be uploaded to the online AAPB and the Library of Congress’s collections.

In addition to coursework, students will attend a weeklong immersion workshop in Tuscaloosa in the August before their first internship semester..  At this workshop, students will learn how to work with various kinds of file formats, broadcast equipment, and digitization hardware and software.  Students will also be introduced to the working practice of digital librarianship, including the management of digital files and the function of metadata to organize and facilitate access to the media.  The EBSCO Scholarship will pay 50% of the student’s tuition for the entire MLIS degree and will also pay expenses to attend the summer workshop, including transportation to and lodging in Tuscaloosa.

To apply for an EBSCO Scholarship, students should fill out the scholarship application here and upload a one-page statement describing their interest in the program and how their past experiences demonstrate that interest.  No experience with digital media is required to qualify for a scholarship, though enthusiasm for public media and excitement about the possibilities of emerging forms of digital collections will be an obvious asset.  Evaluation pf scholarship applications begins March 15 and will continue until available positions have been filled.  Send questions to James Elmborg, SLIS Director at jkelmborg@ua.edu

Samples of projects from past internships can be viewed here:

WSRE in Pensacola, FL: https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/local-programs-from-wsre

VPM in Richmond, VA: https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/vpm-journey-through-the-archives

Alabama Center for Public Television in Tuscaloosa, AL: https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/university-of-alabama-cpt

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