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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Workshop: A Race Against Time - Preserving Our Audiovisual Media

From H-Museum:

A Race Against Time: Preserving Our Audiovisual Media

Washington, DC
April 24 & 25, 2007

Cleveland, OH
October 24 & 25, 2007

Presented by:
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

Cosponsored by PALINET

About the program

Many of the machine-readable audiovisual collections held by our cultural
institutions are in peril. Therefore, it is crucial to have knowledge about
the life expectancy and unique needs of our legacy media in order to make
good preservation decisions. From videotapes and audiotapes to motion
picture film, film strips, LPs, 78s, magnetic tape, wax cylinders, and
audiocassettes, each of these formats has a critical point at which
information will begin to be lost.

The challenge of long-term preservation for these formats is that they often
require intervention, including cleaning and reformatting. To maximize the
life of these materials, one must understand the nature of the media, causes
of deterioration, storage and handling practices, and the various types of
playback equipment. Through lectures, discussion, and hands-on experiences,
participants in this two-day program will learn the basic principles for
managing audiovisual collections that contain historic formats. Contracting
with vendors and funding strategies will also be discussed.

This program is intended for curators, librarians, archivists, collection
managers, and other staff who are involved in managing machine-based media
collections in cultural institutions.


LOCATIONS & TIMES

Washington, DC
April 24 & 25, 2007
Catholic University of America
Pryzbyla Center
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064

Cleveland, OH
October 24 & 25, 2007
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
One Key Plaza
Cleveland, OH 44114
Speakers

Lead Speaker, Washington, DC and Cleveland, OH Alan Lewis, Audiovisual
Archives Consultant, Washington, DC An audiovisual preservation expert, Alan
has worked in the special Motion Picture, Sound and Video branch of the
National Archives and Records Administration and has administered AV
archival programs at PBS and CBS News. He now provides consulting and
training in audio/video preservation and preservation management.

Washington, DC:
Anji Kalita Cornette, Division Director, Sound Preservation Laboratory, The
Cutting Corporations, Bethesda, MD Sarah Stauderman, Preservation Manager
and Archives Conservator, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, DC
Riccardo Ferrante, Information Technology Archivist, Smithsonian Institution
Archives, Washington, DC

Cleveland, OH:
George Blood, President, Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, PA Lisa R.
Carter, Director of Archives, University of Kentucky Libraries' Special
Collections and Digital Programs, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY John
Walko, Media Archive Manager, Scene Savers, Cincinnati, OH

Local Cosponsors
OCLC CAPCON, Washington, DC
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH

STIPENDS

CCAHA is pleased to offer a limited number of stipends of up to $750 to help
defray travel, lodging, and registration costs associated with attending A
Race Against Time: Preserving Our Audiovisual Media. To be eligible,
individuals must work in a non-profit institution that is open to the public
with an annual operating budget of less than $500,000. In awarding the
stipends, preference will be given to those applicants who are directly
responsible for the care of the audiovisual materials collected by their
institution.

Stipend applications must be postmarked by:
March 13, 2007 for the Washington, DC program September 10, 2007 for the
Cleveland, OH program

Applicants must submit:
* A one-page letter of interest that addresses their institution's
need for staff training in this area and their commitment to preserving
audiovisual materials

* A brief institutional profile or brochure
* A brief description of audiovisual materials held by the institution
* Proof of tax exempt status
* A letter of support from Director or President of Board of Trustees
* Applicant's resume

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application four weeks
prior to the program. For additional details on the application process,
please call the Preservation Services Office at 215-545-0613.

REGISTRATION FORM

A Race Against Time: Preserving our Audiovisual Media

Program Location and Date:

- Washington, DC Tuesday, April 24 & Wednesday, April 25, 2007

- Cleveland, OH Wednesday, October 24 & Thursday, October 25, 2007

Registrations must be postmarked by 2 weeks prior to the program date.


Registration fee for two-day program:
$200.00

NOTES
Lunch is not provided. Information about local eateries will be included in
registration packets.

Refunds will be given until two weeks prior to workshop date.

If you have special needs, please contact CCAHA three weeks prior to the
program so that accommodations can be made.

Please send completed registration form and fee to:
Preservation Services Office
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please check our website periodically for information about additional
venues for this program in 2008 and 2009.

Kelly Ferguson
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215.545.0613
F: 215.735.9313
kferguson@ccaha.org
www.ccaha.org

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