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Job Posting: Indiana University Media Preservation Specialist

Indiana University is hiring a Media Preservation Specialist to work on its Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. To find out more or to apply, use the link below and enter the position number (9941) https://jobs.iu.edu 9941 – Media Preservation Specialist, UITS The Indiana University Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) seeks a qualified professional to support its … Continue reading

Indiana University’s Time-Based Media Digitization Project

On Tuesday, October 1, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a comprehensive time-based media* digitization project during his State of the University address. According to President McRobbie, the goal of this initiative is to “digitize, preserve and make universally available by IU’s Bicentenary (consistent with copyright or other legal restrictions) all of the time-based … Continue reading

New York University Libraries: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Last fall, I returned to New York University to take on the role of managing the film, video, and audio preservation program within NYU Libraries. Previously, I had served as a graduate student worker in the preservation media labs while attending the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Master’s program, so in many ways it … Continue reading

Moving Image Digitization in the Real World

Two of my favorite moments at work are when I confirm that the regular UPS visit just picked up a shipment of tapes going to the vendor and when I receive a package from the vendor—the hard drive with files from tapes sent previously. Yes, I send tapes, and in a couple of weeks I … Continue reading

Moving Beyond Band-Aids at Berea College

This continues our series of guest posts from universities actively addressing media preservation issues.  The format distribution among Berea College’s 18,000 plus non-commercial audio and video holdings is about a third each, 1960s-1970s era open reel tapes and audio cassettes, and a final third divided about evenly between VHS and half-inch open reel video tapes … Continue reading

On Addressing a White Elephant: Developing Audiovisual Preservation at the Cornell University Libraries

Since taking over management of the Digital Media Group at Cornell University Library in 2005, a/v has felt like my own personal white elephant in the room. I knew that at some point (always “very soon”) I was going to have to deal with it, but didn’t have the staffing, resources, or know-how to really … Continue reading

Would Anyone Like Some Corn With Their Preserved Media?

October 3, 2011: The day that the program in Media Preservation (and its sister program in Digital Preservation) rose from the fertile Illinois soil like a new crop of sprouting corn.  Ok, well maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but let’s just say it was the start of a new era for the Preservation and … Continue reading

Good Numbers, Better Access, EIAJ and Irony

I feel honored that Mike Casey, a media preservation hero of mine, asked me to blog here.  His invitation arrived on a happy day: I was feeling good about the annual internal report I’d recently compiled on the Stanford Media Preservation Lab’s latest production statistics, project milestones and community initiatives, so I thought I’d use … Continue reading

Beginning Media Preservation at the UCLA Library

The UCLA Library holds a large amount of unique audiovisual (AV) materials. The Library also often creates its own AV content. For example, the Center for Oral History and Research records both video and audio oral histories that must be preserved and made available to researchers at the Library. With new facilities hosting workshops and … Continue reading

Capture Metadata and Wild Obsolescence: Media Preservation at the University of Virginia Library

Hello, all you media preservation-curious readers! I currently serve as the Audiovisual Conservator in the Preservation Services department at University of Virginia Library. As I am the only staff member in our department who explicitly works with conservation and preservation of legacy audiovisual materials, I find myself moving between film and magnetic media projects as needs … Continue reading

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