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IU Libraries Film Archive joins FIAF

The Indiana University Libraries Film Archive was recently invited to join the International Federation of Film Archives. This is a significant achievement for the Archives as discussed in the IU news release, reprinted below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2012 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Members include the Harvard Film Archive, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, … Continue reading

Media Preservation: Student Perspectives

Media preservation, by its nature, necessitates collaboration, something we have just explored in a previous blog post. As a part of this collaboration, the MPI at IU also includes graduate students who bring a variety of backgrounds, skills, and interests to the project. The graduate students are involved with the MPI work in various capacities: … Continue reading

What Makes Collaboration?

Those of us who work with the Media Preservation Initiative are frequently queried: “How do you get people to collaborate?”  Good question.  Many of the small archives and special collections that make up our 80 units with audio, video, or film on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University are used to going it alone.  They … Continue reading

Building Workflows: The AHEYM Project and DV Preservation

One of the goals for our current work on the IMPAC start-up project is to test proposed preservation workflows.  Fortunately, here at Indiana University, we aren’t starting with a blank canvas. As we argued in Meeting the Challenge of Media Preservation, not only do we have valuable material on the IU Bloomington campus at risk, but … Continue reading

Cook Music Library and the IMPAC Start-up Project

Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler’s 1982 faculty concert performance of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major with the International String Quartet was heard on the Bloomington campus last week for the first time in many years. Carried on three reels of Scotch 208 open reel tape, the performance was the first one digitized as part of the Cook … Continue reading

The Uses of Enchantment

This third post from an ongoing series on prioritization explores our attempts to articulate the functions and uses of time-based media, part of our work developing a software application for assessing the value of IU’s audio, video, and film collections. The title of Bruno Bettelheim’s classic work on fairy tales—The Uses of Enchantment—provides a vivid … Continue reading