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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 preservation and access challenges on campus. Still, we can’t shake the feeling that it’s time to get to work. As in, actually preserving media content.

Enter the Indiana Media Preservation and Access Center (IMPAC) start-up project. Taking advantage of the end of the NEH-funded Sound Directions Project by retaining its experienced personnel, and leveraging additional resources on campus, we are beginning audio and video preservation now along with film conservation. In effect, the work of the IMPAC is starting before the Center is established or has a central physical location. It is slow but steady, limited but effective.

Orson Welles Lacquer Disc Preservation Effort

Start-up Project Work at the Archives of Traditional Music

What’s happening?

  • Audio preservation transfer work for a number of campus units is taking place now at the Archives of Traditional Music. This utilizes former Sound Directions staff, workflows, and infrastructure. It also includes contributions from Music Library and School of Music staff
  • Work on film collections under the guidance of film archivist Rachael Stoeltje is getting underway at the Auxiliary Library Facility
  • Video preservation pilot projects and transfer work at Radio & Television Services is scheduled to begin later this fall

Funds to support this work have been carved out of the existing Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) budget provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University Information Technology Services, the IU Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost. Additional support is provided by the Archives of Traditional Music, William and Gayle Cook Music Library, and Radio & Television Services.

Orson Welles Media Preservation Lacquer Discs

Our objectives:

  • test proposed workflows, demonstrate proof of concept, and gain further experience
  • create a small body of high-value preserved/conserved content that we can point to with stakeholders and potential donors
  • preserve a few key campus holdings

While we must build the IMPAC to make real progress in preserving campus media holdings in time, the startup project lays the foundation and moves us a step or two forward.

We’re starting with the Orson Welles lacquer discs held by the Lilly Library. Watch this space to track how it all unfolds.

// Mike Casey

Here is a visualization of the IMPAC start-up project showing partners and staff within each activity center (click to open in your browser for a larger view).

IMPAC Startup Visualization

Media Preservation Initiative Task Force Indiana University


2 thoughts on “Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go

  1. I’m so glad you’re blogging about your processes! Once you solidify your in-depth workflows, would you mind sharing them?

    Posted by Robin | 10/31/2011, 9:29 am

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