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The Library of Congress Unveils National Recording Preservation Plan

The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covers infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies. The plan derived … Continue reading

On Death and Media Preservation (Why Things Are Not As They Seem)

Guest Series Introduction While we’re not ready to call it a trend just yet, the Indiana team has noticed movement on media preservation issues at a number of academic institutions, particularly within library systems. Maybe it’s hiring a media preservation specialist, building a digitization lab, or developing an outsourcing workflow but the intent is the … Continue reading

An Hour in the Life of a Project

It’s the middle of summer and campus is quiet. Despite the seeming inactivity, I realize that nearly all Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) hands are on deck, so I begin asking everyone what they are working on. With summer break in full swing we have not been communicating as regularly through this blog and I figure … 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

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

Get SMART

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

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