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Freezer Procedures

On Monday, the consortial Preservation Advisory Committee met and among other things, we discussed the freezer procedures I have been working on. The procedures include preliminary steps to survey collection to identify what should be frozen, supply lists, packing steps, and removal procedures. The committee had a few revisions and ask for clarifications to some of the guidelines I created, but for the most part, the procedures are done!

It feels very good to put this project to bed, almost three years after the films were discovered, and to have created procedures that all member libraries can take advantage of the research and guidelines I created.


Busy Semester Start

This is the first day in a while that I have had a relaxing day in the Archives.

After many requests, giving a quick lecture in a class about what an a/v archivist does (check out the new presentations), helping with other archive tours, and putting together and installing an exhibit (pictures to come soon), I think I can breathe easy for a little bit! I'm also helping research and establish standards for two different committees in the consortium--digitization and implementation, and freezer storage. I'm in off-campus meetings at least once a week! I started one practicum student last week, and start another this week. The hundreds of School of Music recordings will be cataloged!!! I've never had so much to do at the start of a semester! The goal is to keep my schedule easy so I'm not exhausted when I come home and I can actually blog and potentially expand this site. I had some great questions from people I met at SAA that I'd love to explore and answer... eventually. Watch for updates!


I Love A/V

I love being an a/v archivist! I get a lot of interesting questions, and my job functions change almost every day!

A few weeks ago, I got a call from a semi-local archivist asking about microfilm digitization. This week, I answered another archivist's questions about digitizing and preserving film.

This week began by checking out a "reel" player delivered while I was at SAA last week. I thought it was large reel, 1/4" reel audio player, based on the description by the person who delivered it, but it ended up being a computer data tape recorder... Similar to the untrained eye, but not what I need for my audio digitization station.

Right now, I'm researching standards for freezing acetate film and acetate and color negatives for our university library consortium's new freezers in the new off-site mass storage module. Today, I focused on film supplies, film supply carriers, found a new film preservation website (, sponsored by AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists), and laughed to myself when I imagined proposing buying heavy-duty ziploc freezer bags to the committee in October. Two freezer bags are needed to seal each film canister so that ice crystals don't freeze on the film. And no, there are not special freezer bags for this--even the National Film Preservation Foundation recommends plain, ordinary, heavy-duty ziploc freezer bags! Film Forever focuses on home collections and what individuals can do, and gave recommendations to freeze home movies in a second freezer in your house. They illustrated this with am image similar to the old chest freezer in my parent's basement! At some point, I could see myself doing this to old family 8mm silent films.