Audiovisual Preservation

In this two-hour class, we will discuss the issues to consider and questions to ask in planning and managing an audio visual digitization project.

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Audiovisual materials come in many formats and can be found throughout our collections. They may be audio recordings of oral histories on reel to reel tape, VHS cassettes with sound and images from campus plays, or a video tape from your local public television station for which you never had a play back machine. Regardless of format, what all analog audiovisual media have in common is that they are depend on format specific players and they are aging. The United States’ National Recording Preservation Plan Sound Study published in late 2012 stated that “many analog audio recordings must be digitized within the next 15 to 20 years—before sound carrier degradation and the challenges of acquiring and maintaining playback equipment make the success of these efforts too expensive or unattainable.”

This class is not about digitization of audiovisual materials, but about care and handling concerns of the physical media. Care that allows for institutions to make strategic decisions to allocate resources and to get ready for a digitization program down the line.

Learning Outcomes
Identify most major audiovisual formats.
Discuss proper material care, storage and handling.
Apply low cost preservation actions to institutional holdings.

Instructor: Annie Peterson

Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

This class is open to all interested.
Frequency: offered 1 time a year, Summer

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
Information on Archival Recertification Credits

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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You may register using one of two methods:

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