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Conference on audio heritage preservation

From: Robert James <rmjames>
Date: Monday, March 11, 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

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.

    Preserving Audio Archives
        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.

    Save Our Sounds
        Michael Taft, Folklife Specialist 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,
        producing archival copies, and digitizing recordings for
        online access.

    Audio Preservation Technology
        Seth B. Winner, Sound Preservation Engineer at the Rodgers
        and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound in the New York
        Public Library for the Performing Arts and President of Seth
        B. Winner Sound Studios Inc., will discuss issues in
        preserving wax cylinders, lacquer and aluminum discs,
        magnetic wire recordings, shellac pressings, acetate-based
        tapes, audio cassettes, compact discs and digital audio
        tapes. Methods of preservation reformatting used at the
        Archives and Mr. Winner's studio will be presented.

    Audio Preservation in the Real World
        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

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.

A registration form is available at

For additional registration information, contact :

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

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
<URL:> 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 at <URL:>

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
    Director of Library Services
    Bruce I. Howell Library
    Wake Technical Community College
    9101 Fayetteville Road
    Raleigh, NC   27603
    Fax: 919-662-3575
    rmjames [at] waketech__edu

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