Helen Tibbo - Biography
Dr. Helen Tibbo is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been a faculty member since 1989. She teaches courses in archives and records management, digital curation, and reference service.
In 2000, Dr. Tibbo started teaching Digital Preservation and Access, one of the first college courses of its kind in the world. She was also the Principal Investigator (PI) for DigCCurr I, an IMLS-funded project to develop an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master's students. Currently Dr. Tibbo is the PI for DigCCurr II, which extends the work of DigCCurr I to the doctoral level.
In 2005, she was appointed chair of UNC’s Digital Curation/Institutional Repositories Committee, which planned UNC’s institutional digital repository, a major undertaking. She is also collaborating with the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee and the Digital Curation Center on an IMLS-funded project titled project titled Closing the Digital Curation Gap, which explores the digital educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals.
She recently finished a term as president of the Society of American Archivists, helped create a Digital Archives Specialist certificate program for SAA and updated the Guidelines for the Graduate Professional Archival Studies.
Dr. Tibbo earned her Ph.D. in Library and Information Services and a Masters in American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park and has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Indiana University.