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The Things We Do: This Must Be The Wrong Lock Because I Have The Right Key
March 19, 2015

The small things. The real things. These are the things that allow you to get from what an organization needs, to how to actually make it work. This means knowing which compromises are worth making because it will be the difference between failure and success. It means knowing how to mitigate risk where you cannot ... read more

Make It Happen
January 19, 2015

Now is the time. If you think about it, really, the crisis is over. The issued have been identified and sufficiently fretted over. It is time to act to unhide audiovisual collections, to reformat them, and to move ahead with good digital preservation practices in place. read more

Hapy Holidays!
December 22, 2014

So late late late late Friday, we got our annual holiday cards in the post (Ain't no staff meeting like an envelope stuffing meeting...). For those of you unlucky enough to not be on our mailing list (lines are open -- contact us now!) we have been designing and sending out cards since our ... read more

AVPreserve Holiday Cards
December 22, 2014

Our annual Holiday Cards, designed by Stephanie Housley and signed with cheer by the entire AVPreserve crew! 2014 (You have to wait!) 2013 -- Compact Audiocassette 2012 -- Metadata! 2011 -- U-matic 40th Anniversary 2010 -- Punch Card Data 2009 -- Television 70th Anniversary 2008 -- Motion Picture ... read more

Estimating Duration of Open Reel Audio
December 10, 2014

UPDATE: Find a simple Excel spreadsheet Duration Calculator here. One of the biggest pains of trying to gain intellectual control over physical AV collections is determining the duration of open reel audio. Depending on recording speed, tape thickness, and track configuration, the same length of tape could at full capacity hold less than an ... read more

Another Fowl Thanksgiving
November 25, 2014

Well, it was Thanksgiving, and even Aerosmith needs to take a break from rocking every once in a while, so needless to say we didn't even attempt to travel that morning. read more

Maybe It Should Be Living Dead Media
November 19, 2014

Not to get all eschatological up in here or be a little to precious in my analogy, but this does seem to relate to one of the core conflicts of archiving audiovisual materials. In short, how do we deal with the physical object of media and the content? read more

Digital Preservation Is People
November 14, 2014

Preservation is a resource heavy endeavor. People. Time. Equipment. Infrastructure. Facilities. Space. Training. And, I suppose, some cash-ola. Collection management is, to a degree, resource management. This is what I have available: How do I balance? Where can I add and where can I cut and still do the most good? (Or as unfortunately can be ... read more

Fear and Planning in the Archives
October 27, 2014

This time of year I always wonder if WDAVH was scheduled near Halloween because, when you look at the state of what needs to be done to preserve collections, it's downright scary. Scary like buried alive scary. Scary like scary clown scary. Scary like a sharknado, with sharks carrying chainsaws and guns that shoot knives. read more

Preservation Fragments #1
September 5, 2014

Obsolescence and Our Relationship with the Material There are many reasons things end. Many of those reasons are not bad. Change is the nature of existence, the nature of growth. Real archiving and preservation should acknowledge this, sometimes tacitly on the surface but always explicitly in some manner. Conservation. Intervention. Reformatting. Selection. Deaccessioning. Materials come and ... read more