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Making Choices: IU Bloomington’s Media Preservation Prioritization Process

…we cannot save every recording. What, then, do we save? The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age  -CLIR/Library of Congress The Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) at IU Bloomington is embarking upon a campus-wide media preservation prioritization process beginning spring semester 2012. See the previous … Continue reading

Why Prioritize?

Priority is a function of context -Stephen R. Covey Several lively conversations at the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference a few weeks ago centered on the selection for preservation process. Why prioritize—can’t (or shouldn’t) we save it all? That was one viewpoint, further refined by: Why prioritize? Digitize it all—it takes more resources to … Continue reading

Emphasizing Digital Preservation and Access

A few weeks ago the European Commission adopted a recommendation (full text / press release) urging EU member states to increase their digitization, preservation, and access efforts for cultural heritage. This is an update of an earlier recommendation adopted in 2006, motivated by progress reports suggesting that “more and better action is needed” in the … Continue reading

Educational Film

The largest component of the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive is the educational collection which consists of approximately 48,000 films and 7,000 videos. Educational films have recently emerged as a major focus for researchers from a number of disciplines who are exploring the historical and sociopolitical implications of the films that brought the world into … Continue reading

A Step Forward

It is a tremendous step forward in everything: story, development of plot, acting, conception, all the way down the line. –Herb Caen, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle The above quote comes from a 1941 recording made in the lobby of San Francisco’s Gary Theater after the northern California premiere of Orson Welles’ landmark film Citizen Kane. … Continue reading

Providing Media Preservation Services

The cornerstone recommendation from the Task Force report Meeting the Challenge of Media Preservation: Strategies and Solutions is to establish the Indiana Media Preservation and Access Center (IMPAC) on the Bloomington campus. IMPAC will provide the preservation and access digitization services necessary to attain campus targets which include the preservation of 284,000 audio recordings and … Continue reading


We have formed our first Strategic Media Access Resource Team (SMART) composed of graduate assistants Mike Lee, Anthony Guest-Scott, and Matt Hale led by Director of Media Preservation Services, Mike Casey. The purpose of SMART is to help units prepare their holdings for digitization and long-term storage. While the bumbling Agent 86 (often talking on … Continue reading

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go

It’s time to get to work. We’ve surveyed, assessed, researched, planned, networked, thought, communicated, and written in spades over the past three years. All of it necessary, most of it productive, and much of it bearing fruit. As a result we believe that IU Bloomington is not just ready, but poised, to successfully meet media … Continue reading

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