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Entries in Presentations (5)


Looking Forward to MARAC!

Originally, I was just looking forward to attending MARAC (it's local), and chairing a session. A friend of mine, who is friends with a presenter on another committee, let me know that a presenter had to drop out and they needed someone to fill in on a panel to discuss rights and reproductions. So, I'll be on a presentation panel two days! I'm really looking forward to the second group where I will be able to say more, but also because the other presenters and I are setting up a forum on Google Groups and compiling documents linked to the group for the panel. The forum will be a place where the attendees will be able to get the materials, but also to continue a dialog about the reality of rights and reproductions. Unlike other sections or roundtables in the archives organizations, there really isn't a group or listserv for this type of discussion (that we've found). We're hoping that the session will be very interactive and thought-provoking, or at least anecdote-provoking!


Archives Fair Videos from the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian has posted the videos for all of the presentations given at last October's Archives Fair. While I was not able to attend, these lectures are very applicable to what is currently happening in archives, and many highlight current digital issues and audiovisual issues. The complete schedule and announcement is available on the Smithsonian's site.


LC Preservation Series Presentation--October 4

Here is yet another Library of Congress Preservation Directorate free training opportunity to occur next Monday, October 4 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST as both an event at the Library and as a webcast with advance registration required.  We hope you will join us for the 54th presentation in the Topics in Preservation Series (TOPS) lecture:

"Optical Scanning Applied to Recorded Sound Preservation and Access: Status and Prospects"

Whittall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC 20540

Monday, October 4, 2010

A major problem in the preservation of older audio recordings is that, traditionally, playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process.  Since 2004, the Library of Congress and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have collaborated on the development of techniques based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, in order to preserve and create access to mechanical sound carriers without impacting the integrity of the original carriers.

Dr. Carl Haber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Senior Scientist, will describe the present status of this research, with a particular emphasis on three dimensional (3D) surface profiling. This technique permits the extension of non-contact playback to non-planar media such as cylinders, and may provide more accurate data from planar carriers than a two-dimensional approach.

Additional information on the LC-LBNL collaboration can be found at

Dr. Haber is an experimental physicist.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California.  Much of his research interest involves the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high energy colliders, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.  These interests have also led him, and his colleagues, to apply techniques in use in this research to the topic of sound restoration.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Webcast opportunity:  If you would like to participate via webcast, send email to no less than two days in advance of the event.

The Topics in Preservation Series lectures are free and open to the public.
For further details and updated information about the series, please visit



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!


Around the Corner... SAA 2010!

I'm prepping for SAA 2010, putting the finishing touches on my poster presentation and the Lone Arrangers Roundtable presentation, and taking a final look at all the sessions in my preliminary program, permanently marking all the sessions I'll be attending. I'm also cleaning my apartment and getting it ready for a friend who's staying with me for the conference. This is my last major event of the summer, a summer that's flown by too fast and has had me traveling in five states.

After this week I'll be back to a normal schedule at work, and have more time to work on this site, the ARSC site, and other various things... It's time to start planning my next big project!