Preservation

Preservation Committee Meeting: April 19, 2016

CARLI Office, Champaign

Members Attending:

  • Mary Burns 2015-2016, Northern Illinois University
  • Jenny Dunbar 2014-2015, College of DuPage
  • Miriam Centeno 2014-2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Greg MacAyeal, 2014-2017, Northwestern University
  • Beth McGowan 2013-2016, Northern Illinois University
  • Jamie Nelson 2015-2018, DePaul University
  • Patrick Brown 2015 -2018, SIU Carbondale

Member Absent:

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Audiovisual Preservation Care & Handling

Miriam Centeno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As the culmination of this year-long study on the care of audiovisual materials, the CARLI Preservation Committee sponsored an AV Preservation Workshop held on April 18th, 2016, at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana Champaign. The instructor was Joshua Harris, Media Preservation Coordinator at UIUC. 

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Grant Writing

James “Joe” Feigl III, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate student and Melanie R. Schoenborn, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville​

Grant writing for audiovisual preservation starts with the basics: learning who has funding available and how that money can be used.  In the world of philanthropy the value of a library preservation project is based on the service it will provide and who will benefit from that service.  Grants will vary in their focus, with many current grants funding diversity, sustainability, LBGT, and digitization projects.  The goal is to use the information from an audiovisual collection analysis to develop a grant proposal that fits in with the philanthropy world’s current interests.  Below is an up-to-date annotated bibliography of materials about grant writing and also a list of currently available grant websites with examples of funded projects, the information on currently open grants, and future funding available for the preservation of library materials.

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Still Photographs and Photographic Formats

Jenny Dunbar, Archivist, College of DuPage​

Photographs were not always well regarded as historical documents. In the early stages of the development of archives, many archivists did not consider photographs as primary source material and relegated any visual material to a more subordinate position. Now, the value of photographs is appreciated, and they play a significant role in cultural heritage collections. It is imperative that these materials be preserved.

Like most audiovisual material, the preservation of still images is a complex one. Heliographs, daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, tintypes, albumen, silver gelatin prints, calotype paper negatives, glass plate negatives, nitrate, diacetate and polyester negatives, lantern slides, autochromes, film slides, digital photographs – the list goes on and on. The preservation of this multitude of formats is a daunting task that presents significant concerns, necessitating a variety of storage conditions and techniques. Additionally, photographic collections are usually heavily used, a factor that increases their susceptibility to damage.

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Preservation Committee's Reflections on Our Year

Perhaps the most striking response to our work this year is how much we needed to learn and how challenging the field of AV preservation is crossing many mediums, using many different kinds of machines, and requiring so much specific technological know-how. We also had a sense as we examined these objects of their urgent preservation needs and how AV materials are often overlooked. This is especially true when we consider issues of shrinking budgets, staff, and the struggle professionals have balancing competing priorities.

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Anne Thomason's Story of Her Year

Audiovisual Materials at Lake Forest College Case Study, Anne Thomason

Anne Thomason, College Archivist and Librarian for Special Collection at Lake Forest College

Preservation Committee Meeting: March 21, 2016

Conference Call

Members Attending:

  • Patrick Brown, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
  • Mary Burns, Northern Illinois University
  • Miriam Centeno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jenny Dunbar, College of DuPage
  • Beth McGowan, Northern Illinois University
  • Melanie Schoenborn, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Members Absent:

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: Disaster Planning

Jamie Nelson, DePaul University

Readers of this installment of the Preservation Committee’s yearlong look at audiovisual/media preservation will likely recognize that the information presented in this piece isn’t new, but that the application specific to AV materials may leave some room for revision and improvement at our own institutions.  Lucky for all of us, we have two motivating factors going in our favor; the peer pressure of other Illinois institutions considering these AV issues together this year, and the upcoming MayDay call to focus on disaster planning and “take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple … but that can have a significant impact on an individual’s or a repository’s ability to respond.”

A Year in the Life of Audiovisual/Media Preservation in Illinois: New Prints & Digitization

Mary Burns, Northern Illinois University

While much has been written about the digital preservation of book and paper materials and more recently attention has turned to the critical need to preserve audiovisual materials of artifactual value in special collections, there is little available to inform the digitization process for access or reference copies.

Preservation Committee Meeting: February 15, 2016

CONFERENCE CALL

Members Attending:

  • Patrick Brown, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Mary Burns, Northern Illinois University
  • Miriam Centeno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jenny Dunbar, College of DuPage
  • Greg MacAyeal, Northwestern University
  • Beth McGowan, Northern Illinois University
  • Jamie Nelson, DePaul University
  • Anne Thomason, Lake Forest College

Members Absent:

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