The GBH Archives establishes the policies and procedures for the access, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of GBH’s physical media and digital production and administrative assets. The Archives also offers production organization of archival materials from projects start up to shut down, research services, rights clearances, and licenses GBH stock footage.
GBH and the Library of Congress steward the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), an initiative seeking to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media. To date, we have digitized more 120,000 public television and radio programs and original materials. The entire collection is available for research on location at GBH and the Library of Congress, and more than 60,000 programs are available anywhere in the US in our Online Reading Room at americanarchive.org.
In 2021, GBH Archives received an IMLS National Leadership Grant to work with educators. The goal is to improve access to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting collection, for high school and higher education teachers and lifelong learners, by creating educational primary resource sets featuring archival public television and radio programming aligned to topics taught in American history courses and related to current events. The project will create primary resource sets around a broad set of topics but will emphasize topics that are difficult to teach, the “hard histories” of our past, such as white supremacy, past and present-day colonialism, and structural racism, among others. These topics are illuminated in local public media programming and could be elevated through the creation of targeted primary resource sets that provide guidance on teaching these topics, connecting them to present day events, supporting student inquiry and holding dialogue around them. The project will create teaching tips for educators seeking to use online multimedia content in teaching and 20 educational primary resource sets featuring archival public television and radio programming. The project will impact the broader audiovisual archives community by (1) providing a replicable model for engaging educators to enhance the use and impact of audiovisual archives collections in K-12 and higher education, and (2) by providing a demonstrated effort for audiovisual archives to support critical teaching and learning around hard histories documented in our collections.
The ideal candidate for the Project Coordinator role is a history researcher, teacher, professor, or graduate student who is passionate about public media, civics, and the complex histories, perspectives,and events of the 20th and 21st centuries (both well-known and those that historically marginalized from dominant historical narratives). They have a solid background in U.S. history and/or social studies education and a commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity with strong cultural competencies.
Reporting to the Associate Director, the GBH Archives’ part-time Project Coordinator will work an average of 20 hours per week. Responsibilities will include:
Coordinating with four Education Advisors who will produce 20 primary resource sets and teaching tips for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
Provide guidance on possible topics for curation.
Select from the AAPB an initial set of content for the 20 primary source sets
Give feedback to the Advisors on the initial primary source sets.
Collaborate with GBH Archives and GBH Creative on designing the new web features for display and use of the primary source sets.
Publish the primary resource sets on the AAPB website, in collaboration with the GBH Archives development team
Develop a dissemination plan for the primary resource sets, reaching out to potential users and education outlets to inform them of the resources.
Create content for dissemination such as webinars, tutorials, and handouts as appropriate.
Leverage partners to distribute the content to educators across the U.S.
Potential to present at conferences or other events.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Research skills, and an ability to identify historical and multimedia sources that are appropriate for high school and higher ed students
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching, pedagogy, and social studies
Working knowledge of project management skills
Experience with marketing, relationship-building, and outreach
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Cultural competency and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the production of the primary resource sets
Knowledge of the U.S. social studies and history education landscape, organizations, and resources
Knowledge of or familiarity with working with underserved and/or underrepresented student populations
Degree in history, education, or related field, or equivalent work experience