The Creator and The Archivist

Wednesday, January 6th, 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 […]

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

Monday, September 28th, 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…

For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

Monday, August 25th, 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 […]

Fear and Planning in the Archives

Monday, October 27th, 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.

Preservation Fragments #1

Friday, September 5th, 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 […]

Make It Happen

Monday, January 19th, 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.

Maybe It Should Be Living Dead Media

Wednesday, November 19th, 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?

Digital Preservation Is People

Friday, November 14th, 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 […]

Another Fowl Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25th, 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.

Estimating Duration of Open Reel Audio

Wednesday, December 10th, 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 […]