Nicole Topich completed an MLIS through the University of Pittsburgh. Her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College included a major in history and a minor in peace and conflict studies. She hopes to combine her interest in performing arts with her career goal of being an archivist.
The Dance Heritage Coalition received a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support Fellowships in Preservation and Archives for master’s degree students. The IMLS funds support a group of seven students for each of the three summers from 2012 to 2014. Students receive training in dance-related librarianship and archival practices at one of the DHC nationally distinguished dance archives, a practicum placement at a smaller dance collection like a dance company or historical society, and travel to national conferences.
The Dance Heritage Coalition is the sole national nonprofit organization that works to document and preserve the records of America’s dance legacy and to ensure access to the materials for use by scholars and critics, faculty and their students, and the general public. http://danceheritage.org/
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. www.imls.gov