Collection Assessment for Audiovisual Archives

$175.00

Dates: February 1 - February 28

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Most archives dating from the 20th century contain analog audio and moving image formats – film, tape (audio and video), and grooved media (audio). Such objects present access obstacles for staff and patrons alike, as well as urgent preservation challenges. The variety and volume of such records and their potential needs can be overwhelming. This short course is designed to help students recognize and track the key characteristics of analog audiovisual materials based on visual cues, and to understand how those characteristics are useful in assessing their needs. The coursework integrates lectures, readings, hands-on activities, and real-life tools. Students will learn how to: recognize formats; estimate dates; infer likely genres of media content; assess uniqueness; evaluate duplicates; calculate or estimate duration; recognize common condition issues; understand preservation risks inherent to different formats.

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Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Most archives dating from the 20th century contain analog audio and moving image formats – film, tape (audio and video), and grooved media (audio). Such objects present access obstacles for staff and patrons alike, as well as urgent preservation challenges. The variety and volume of such records and their potential needs can be overwhelming.

This short course is designed to help students recognize and track the key characteristics of analog audiovisual materials based on visual cues, and to understand how those characteristics are useful in assessing their needs. The coursework integrates lectures, readings, hands-on activities, and real-life tools. Students will learn how to:

  • recognize formats
  • estimate dates
  • infer likely genres of media content
  • assess uniqueness
  • evaluate duplicates
  • calculate or estimate duration
  • recognize common condition issues
  • understand preservation risks inherent to different formats

The course is designed with practical outcomes in mind, with an eye towards taking action. To that end, we’ll review some free tools for collecting data on archival audiovisual media, and consider how to use the data to get a handle on collections and their needs. Free, online resources will be introduced throughout the course to support students’ ongoing, self-guided learning.

Megan McShea

Megan McSheaMegan McShea worked as an audiovisual archivist at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution for 12 years. During that time she developed tools and workflows for audiovisual collection management, processing, and digitization. She wrote the widely-referenced Guidelines for Processing Collections with Audiovisual Material, available on AAA’s website, and teaches the workshop “Arrangement and Description of Audiovisual Materials” with the Society of American Archivists education program. She currently serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive and is a member of SAA, MARAC, ARSC, AMIA, and IASA. She lives in Baltimore, MD and works as a freelance archivist.

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