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

The Things We Do #3 – Rebecca Chandler Enters The World of Collection Assessments
August 27, 2014

When I was first hired, there was some talk of me eventually helping Josh on some projects, but by June, I wasn’t really expecting much. Based on my audio engineering background I had been working mostly with our boss, Chris Lacinak, on several projects focused on planning for in-house digitization: planning timelines and workflows, budgets for equipment and staffing, generating equipment lists, and even designing digitization lab layouts and wiring diagrams (Yes!). Then, out of the blue, Josh asked me if I’d accompany him on an assessment. read more

For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper
August 25, 2014

We are all aware of the expectation from the general public that EverythingEver is digitized and available online already. This is of course frustrating because, 1) when presented with the reality there is often a negative reaction from the public, primarily that archives are lazy and behind the times, but also, 2) the perception is ... read more

SAA AV Archives Night Wrap Up
August 19, 2014

Thanks to everyone who made the First 1st Annual AV Archives Night party a success, both the archives who contributed content (program is available here ) and all of you who came out in support of the great work these archives do to preserve the audiovisual record. It was a spectacular collection of

The Things We Do #2 – Interview with Consultant Kathryn Gronsbell
July 31, 2014

The second in our "The Things We Do" series highlighting our great team at AVPreserve. In this edition, an interview with taxonomy pro and New Jersey native, Kathryn Gronsbell. Josh Ranger: So how long have you been at AVPreserve? Kathryn Gronsbell: I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary in

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