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Archive for May, 2011

Thinking Local

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I believe I’ve written before about how lucky I feel to have grown up in a pre-cable, VHF/UHF era where “local affiliate” seemed like something more relevant than just the people complaining what time Jay Leno is on and deciding whether Days of Our Lives airs at 1:00 or 3:00. In my hazy memory it de

Dispatch from far afield: APEX in Ghana 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

I’ve just returned from my fourth visit to Ghana with New York University’s Audiovisual Preservation Exchange program, where we completed a successful week-long training in audiovisual archiving for 25 local professionals. Lead by NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP) Professor

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #9 — Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As you no doubt heard, the Original Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer passed away recently. This was sad news to me because I felt rather a close connection to Lawrence Welk’s stable of performers. Though I didn’t grow up during the height of its popularity, The Lawrence Welk Show reruns have been a stapl

FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group Guidelines: Audio Digitization System Performance

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is a governmental interagency activity that draws participants from the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Libraries of Medicine and Agriculture, Voice of America, an

Select Few

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I may regret admitting this, but from the ages of about 9 to 14 I was pretty deep into collecting baseball cards. Of course maybe I should be proud to admit it, if only to prove that I have moved beyond Baudrillard’s infantile, scatological collector’s mindset. Whatever the case, I recall that I cou

AVPS Partners with METRO to Support Media Archiving

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions is again partnering with the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) to provide training and resources to regional libraries and archives for the preservation and management of audiovisual collections. As part of METRO’s Documentary Heritage Program, AVPS wil