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Workshop on audiovisual collections

From: Robin Berenholz <rberenholz<-a>
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
A Race Against Time: Preserving Our Audiovisual Media
Presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Held at The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
University of Pennsylvania campus
Philadelphia PA
November 14-15, 2005

8:30-9am    Registration and Refreshments
9am-4:30pm  Program

Many of the machine-readable audiovisual collections held by our
cultural institutions are in peril.  Therefore, it is crucial to
have knowledge about the life expectancy of this diverse group of
materials in order to make good preservation decisions. From
videotapes and audiotapes to motion picture film, film strips, LPs,
78s, CDs, CD-ROMs, magnetic tape, wax cylinders, and audiocassettes,
each of these formats has a critical point at which information will
begin to be lost.

To maximize the life of these materials, one must understand the
nature of the media, causes of deterioration, storage and handling
practices, and the various types of playback equipment. Long-term
preservation challenges require intervention, including cleaning and
reformatting.  Through lectures, discussion, and hands-on
experiences, participants in this two-day program will learn the
basic principles for managing audiovisual collections.  Contracting
with vendors and funding strategies will also be discussed.

This program is intended for curators, librarians, archivists,
collection managers, and other staff who are involved in managing
machine-based media collections in cultural institutions.

You are welcome to bring a sample or picture of media or equipment
held by your institution learn more about it (or perhaps surprise
the presenters with a new format!).


    Alan Lewis
    Consultant in Audiovisual Archives, Washington, DC

    Sarah Stauderman
    Preservation Manager, Smithsonian Institution Archives,
    Washington, DC

    George Blood
    Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, PA

    Charles Kolb
    Senior Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access,
    National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC

Workshop brochure and registration form are available
at <URL:>

Funders: The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Pew
Charitable Trusts, and the Claniel Foundation have provided partial
support for this program.

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
Fax: 215-735-9313

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