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Conference on audio heritage preservation

From: Robert James <rmjames>
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Audio Heritage Preservation: The Survival of Recorded Sound in
Folklore, Music, and Oral History Collections
North Carolina Preservation Consortium
Annual Conference
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 18, 2002
9 am - 4 pm

The custodians of our audio heritage collections encounter many
challenges in their efforts to preserve music and spoken word
recordings.  Topics for this one day conference will include
collection priorities, media formats, audio technology, engineering
standards, guidelines and best practices, preserving the artifact,
digitization, and rights management.  Please join us for an
opportunity in audio preservation education and networking.

    Alan Lewis, Subject Area Expert for Audiovisual Preservation in the
    Special Media Archives Services Division of the National Archives
    and Records Administration, will present an overview of audio
    preservation in the National Archives. An introduction to the
    fundamental nature of  mechanical, magnetic, and optical sound
    recording media will follow.  Issues in conservation, preservation,
    and restoration of audio collections, including contracting for
    audio laboratory services, will also be discussed.

    Michael Taft, Project Manager in the Library of Congress
    American Folklife Center, will provide an overview of Save Our
    Sounds: America's Recorded Sound Heritage Project.  Part of the
    Save America's Treasures program, the Library of Congress and
    the Smithsonian Institute are working collaboratively to
    preserve collections of historical recordings.  This
    preservation project for spoken word and music collections
    includes restoring original recordings, digitizing recordings
    for online access, producing archival copies, and reformatting
    recordings to compact disks.

    Archives of Recorded Sound in the New York Public Library for
    the Performing Arts, will address strategies for preserving
    sound collections.  Media formats discussed will include wax
    cylinders, acetate and aluminum discs, magnetic wire recordings,
    78rpm recordings, audiocassettes, compact discs, and digital
    audio tapes.  Methods of preservation reformatting pioneered by
    the Archives' sound studio engineers will be presented.

    Charles J. Haddix, Sound Recording Specialist, in the University
    of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries' Marr Sound Archives, will
    give a presentation on the Marr Archives' sound preservation
    studio's equipment, staffing, and operations.  Preservation
    issues for sound archives in academic libraries will be
    addressed.  Topics include preserving the artifact,
    digitization, and rights management.

Location: The conference will be hosted by the Public Library of
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Presentations will be in the main library's Francis Auditorium on
the lower level.  The library's Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room is
home to the Piedmont Music Archives. From the 1920s to the 1940s,
Charlotte was one of the locations where major record companies
would seek out local talent. Today, many artists from across the
country continue to record in some of Charlotte's studios. The
Piedmont Music Archives has one of the largest collections of music
from the Carolinas; from gospel to country; bluegrass to folk; bebop
to pop to hip-hop.  Robert E. Cannon, Director of the Public Library
of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, will welcome the audience with
a few words about the Piedmont Music Archives.

Lunch is included in the registration fee and will be provided in
the Harris Hall of the Levine Museum of the New South, located one
block behind the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Directions to the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
are at <URL:>.
Information about parking is available at

Note: The NationsBank parking deck is now called Bank of America.

Information for the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and
local transportation is at
<URL:>. The Charlotte
Convention and Visitor's Bureau also provides a listing of local
hotels and restaurants with a searchable database:

For additional local information, contact:

    Chris Bates
    Carolina Room Curator
    Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
    cbates [at] plcmc__org

For information about the North Carolina Preservation Consortium,

    Robert James, NCPC President
    Bruce I. Howell Library
    Wake Technical Community College
    rmjames [at] waketech__edu

The registration fee is $35.00 for employees of NCPC member
institutions and individual members and $45.00 for non-members.
Please make checks payable to the North Carolina Preservation
Consortium.  No refunds will be given after April 1, 2002.  For
additional registration information, contact:

    Roger Loyd, NCPC Treasurer
    Divinity School Library
    Duke University
    roger.loyd [at] duke__edu

Registration Form

Position Title:
Amount enclosed:

    Employee of NCPC member institution $35.00
    Individual Member $35.00
    Non-member $45.00

Please mail registration information and payment to:

    Roger Loyd
    PO Box 2651
    Durham, NC  27715-2651

Robert James
Director of Library Services
Bruce I. Howell Library
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC   27603
Fax: 919-662-3575

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