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Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - New York University | Bobst Library: Current Preservation Department P...

For Research Library collections across the continent, physical degradation of the media housing valuable, unique, and out–of–print video material looms imminent. Across the board, there is a pressing need to reframe principles and practices in situations where risk is defined by scarcity, and reformatting by legal and practical processes is not yet illuminated by common or best practices.

This Mellon Foundation–funded collaborative study brings together New York University's Division of Libraries with the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the circulating media collections of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola University New Orleans to collaboratively address these challenges. Additional project information, including Section 108 Copyright Guidelines, available here.

Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template -- now available

Working in collaboration with its academic partners and technical advisors, New York University is pleased to announce the release of a new publication. Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video -- specifically VHS -- to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors.  PDF available here
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Great for the upcoming World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October!

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UNESCO World Day for AudioVisual Heritage | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

UNESCO World Day for AudioVisual Heritage | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of AV documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them. Every year, activities are organized by different institutions worldwide around a theme to drum up interest in the event.

See here for a message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.

The main World Day for AV Heritage Site lists many 2011 events worldwide:
http://www.pia.gov.ph/wdavh2011/

 

This page lists some of the events being organised by IASA members to mark the day in 2011.

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SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music

SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The four interns of the SABC Radio Archives, which form part of the SABC Media Libraries, visited the ILAM travelling exhibition in the SABC foyer in Auckland Park. The exhibition will still be here until the 28th of October 2011.

The title of the exhibition:

"For future generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music".

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World Day for AudioVisual Heritage on 27 Oct | IASA

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"UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of AV documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them. Every year, activities are organized by different institutions worldwide around a theme to drum up interest in the event."

 

"The theme for 2012 is:
“Audiovisual heritage memory? the clock is ticking”


"Events being organised worldwide to mark the day in 2012 are listed on the site" http://www.iasa-web.org/world-day-audiovisual-heritage

 


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Special Site for 2011 World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage

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World Heritage Audio Visual Day, AV Day, Heritage...

 

"The theme for this year's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011 is "Audivisual Heritage: See, Hear, and Learn."

 

Sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable as they can be quickly and deliberately destroyed. Essentially emblematic of the 20th century, audiovisual heritage can be irretrievably lost as a result of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Public consciousness of the importance of preservation of these recordings must be engaged and the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is intended to be the platform for building global awareness."

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