The Creator and The Archivist
January 6, 2016

A significant portion of certain Archivist's job is processing collections -- the activity of arranging and describing materials that have been deposited with an archive. At times this is simple. For the most part it is difficult. Consider your own paper and digital files, and imagine someone who doesn't know you personally sifting through those ... read more

My Digitization Vendor Always Sends .md5 Files As Part Of Their Deliverables
December 5, 2015

A file's checksum is a specially generated hash based on a computation of all of the individual bytes that make up the file. A variety of algorithms exist that can be used to perform this computation, e.g., MD5, SHA-1, or SHA-256. For example, an MD5 checksum is a 32-bit string that may look something like ... read more

Looking Ahead on the 25th Anniversary of AMIA
November 19, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), I was asked to share some thoughts this morning about the future of AMIA. There are many ways to run with this thought. I have chosen to pose and respond to the question: What do we need to do as a community in ... read more

Your Inaccessible, Undocumented Collection Is Not Used & Therefore Has No Value
September 28, 2015

No, A/V is not the challenge. The challenge is how A/V materials have been managed in archives. The challenges are not inherent. The challenges have been embedded... read more

New York AV Archives Week Party
September 4, 2015

New York Archives Week is set to take place October 14th-21st, with special planning from the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (NYART) here in the City, including the annual awards ceremony to take place on October 15th. This year AVPreserve will participate by hosting an Archival Audiovisual Screening Night Party in our ... read more

Reading In: Analyzing Embedded Metadata in Digital Images
July 6, 2015

When the news came out about accused South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof’s website and the photographs that had been posted there, I visited the site and downloaded the package of digital images out of curiosity, as an archivist, to take a look inside the ... read more

Selecting A Tool For Inventory & Assessment
June 30, 2015

Perhaps because archives generally deal with unique materials, the internal thinking tends to be that their needs for collection management are unique -- particular to the scope of the collection and to the history and character of the institution. Not that I entirely disagree with this. Whereas things like ISBNs and Library of Congress Call ... read more

Announcing the Release of AVCC Inventory & Collection Management Tool
June 29, 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of AVCC, an open-source web application for the rapid inventory of physical film, video, and audio materials. Developed with funding from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board – in addition to funding support from the Metropolitan New York Library Resource Council and ... read more

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