Archival Musings: The Importance of Place

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The author suggests pairing this post with The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks. Sweet jams make the musings go down easier. Independence, Kansas, is a small […]

My Digitization Vendor Always Sends .md5 Files As Part Of Their Deliverables

Saturday, December 5th, 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 […]

The 100 Year Lie And The Lay Of The Shelf

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

*Thanks to Kevin Driedger for the inspiration here (and shout out) in his blog post “Time & Media” over at Library Preservation 2.

One of my mantras about media collections and moving from the analog to the digital realm is the fact that reformatting is a necessary component of audiovisual pr

Why We Shouldn’t Save Everything

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Several years ago I created an equation that calculated the advancement of a society in relation to its acquisition of archived knowledge. A positive result meant the culture was advancing, a negative that it was declining.

Where lb=Weight of Cultural Burden, n=Cultural Impact, q=Quantity, &amp

Can Better Metadata Help Better Manage Costs and Disaster Recovery

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Based primarily (I myself believe) on my sterling undergrad honors thesis on the topic of African-American Women’s 19th Century Spiritual Personal Narratives, I was able to procure a temporary staffing position as a file clerk with a workers compensation and general liability insurance company.


Embedded Metadata in WAVE Files

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Metadata is an integral component of digital preservation and an essential part of a digital object. Files without appropriate metadata lack the basic means required for computing systems and humans to understand, interpret, or manage them. Effectively, there is no preservation or meaningful access

A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

10 Recommendations for Codec Selection and Management The increasing number of digital objects under our guardianship as archivists will require a greater convergence between IT and archival knowledge […]

5 Tips for Effective Advocacy

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Becoming an effective advocate for your collections means becoming a proactive participant in the management and planning of their preservation and long term maintenance. The amount of work to do and the costs can feel overwhelming, but things will never change until you take charge, make a plan, and actively seek the resources you need. Here are 5 tips on how you can start to manage your collections rather than letting your collections manage you.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) 2009 Accessioning & Managing Born Digital Video

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Born Digital File-Based Video recording is pervasive. Tape is not even an option on many new cameras being sold today. This shift has made accessioning and management of […]

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions (AVPS) Announces Release of DV Technical Quality Control and Reporting Tool at No Cost

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, , a New York City Based AV preservation consulting firm has today officially released software called “DV Analyzer” which will assist audiovisual preservationists and archivists […]