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arsclist Magnetic Tape Preservation

To Whom It May Concern

I am interested in finding out whether or not any of your organisations
provide training or internships in magnetic tape preservation.  I am
currently looking at trying to gain funding to visit other organisations who
specialise in tape preservation.  
I work at Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero which is New Zealand's foremost
radio archive, responsible for managing, collecting, preserving and
providing access to the nation's recorded radio heritage. The various
collections offer unique insights into New Zealand's social, economic and
political development via the medium of sound. The recordings give resonance
to New Zealand history and offer exciting opportunities to enhance and
expand the cultural identity of our nation.
I am responsible for the preservation of the magnetic tape collection which
comprises some 20,000 open reel tapes, 10,000 analogue and digital tape
cassettes and a large collection of supporting documentation, artifacts and
photographs.  I am the only person in this organisation who works in the
field of tape preservation.  I have not received formal training but have
learned by a hands-on approach and reading about techniques on the internet,
books, etc.  
I feel that after nearly 8 years in this position some wider experience
would greatly benefit myself, and in turn, Sound Archives.  I would be most
grateful for any information you can provide me with.  Looking forward to
hearing from you.
Marie A. O'Connell
Archivist - Tape Preservation
Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero
P.O.Box 1531
Ph. 03 3748443
Fax. 03 3748448
email: moconnell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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