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Education and Training in Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation

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Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
Includes national and local institutions from the United States and Canada working in film and television preservation. AMIA’s Education Committee implements educational programs, projects, and services that contribute to the continuing education and training of archivists and that increase the education of students pursuing the field of moving image archiving. Publishes the quarterly AMIA Newsletter.
P.O. Box 27999, 2021 North Western Ave., Los Angeles, California 90027; phone: 213-856-7637; website:

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
Association of recorded sound collectors, both private and institutional, librarians, archivists, sound engineers, discographers, and historians dealing with the collecting, preservation, documentation, cataloging, digitization and accessing of sound recordings. Publishes a journal and newsletter. Journal includes reviews and articles dealing with every aspect of recorded sound research. The Education and Training Committee gives annual pre-conference workshops in various aspects of audio archiving.
Nathan Georgitis (executive director), P.O. Box 543, Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0543; email:; website:

Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA)
Represents the interests of worldwide professional archive organizations with interests in audiovisual materials. Wrote a working paper on "A Strategic Framework for Professional Training and Development of Audiovisual Archivists" which can be found at: and
email:; website:

Grammy Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter
The GRAMMY Foundation's archiving and preservation initiatives are designed to raise public awareness of the urgent need to preserve our nation's recorded sound legacy. This is achieved by providing funds to entities engaged in preservation work, advocacy work on legislative issues, the development of information resources, and other projects that promote preservation of our nation's vast recorded sound heritage. The Foundation works in partnership with the National Academy of Recorded Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and its regional offices to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our recorded legacy.
contact: 3402 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405; website:

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)
Established in 1969 to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. IASA supports the exchange of information between audiovisual archives in many areas including preservation and conservation, and has members from more than 60 countries. IASA members provide training on audiovisual preservation, digitization, and care and handling of audiovisual materials. IASA publishes a peer-reviewed journal that covers international audiovisual archive issues, the IASA Journal.
IASA Executive Board members can be reached here:; IASA's website:

International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)
Publishes technical manuals and scientific information related to the storage, preservation and restoration of film and associated sound recordings. The FIAF Summer School for moving image archivists was last held in 2002. Local workshops sponsored by FIAF have been held most recently in Nicaragua. Their main periodical Journal of Film Preservation is published twice a year.
1 Rue Defacqz, B-1000 Brussels; phone: +322 538 3065; fax: +322 534 4774; email:; website:

International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT)
Acts as a forum for media archive experts including setting standards and facilitating training opportunities. Interested in sharing information regarding automatic shelving and retrieval systems as well as the restoration and transfer of video and film recordings to modern formats. Offers various workshops and seminars around the world. FIAT also runs an International Summer School jointly with FOCAL International, a federation of commercial AV libraries.
email:; website:

Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archives Association (SEAPAVAA)
The association aims to provide a regional forum for addressing common issues and concerns related to the collection and preservation of, and provision of access to, the audiovisual heritage of member countries. UNESCO has supported week-long training workshops held in various countries throughout the Southeast region. ASEAN/COCI “scholarships” have supported local participation in the Charles Sturt University course.
email:; website:

Audio Engineering Society (AES)
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.
International Headquarters, 60 East 42nd Street, Room 2520, New York, New York Website:

Music Library Association (MLA)
The Music Library Association provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world's musical heritage.
8551 Research Way, Suite 180, Middleton, WI 53562 | Phone: 608-836-5825 Website: Email:

Discussion Lists

Archives and Archivists Listserv. Subscription:; Web page:

Association of Moving Image Archivists Listserv. Subscription: through Web page:

Association for Recorded Sound Collections Listserv. Subscription:; Web page:

AV Media Matters List. Subscription:

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Listserv. Subscription: through Web page:

Visual materials Listserv. Subscription:; Web page:



Charles Sturt University and ScreenSound Australia offer Graduate Certificate in Studies in Audiovisual Archiving. Subjects are available only in distance education mode and are delivered online. Contact: Professor Ross Harvey, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 675, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia; phone: +61 2 6933 2369; email:


Universiteit van Amsterdam offers a Professional MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. This program covers the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to archive audiovisual material in an institutional setting. Contact: email:; website:


The Society of American Archivists offers various professional workshops around the country. Workshops have included: “Preservation Management of Machine-Based Audiovisual Collections” (co-sponsored with Yale University Archives), “Encoded Archival Description,” and “Archival Perspectives on Digital Preservation.” These workshops are not given every year. For current information, check the website at:

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
offers educational programs throughout the year to provide training in a variety of collections care activities to support a preservation program for cultural collections. For current information, check the website at .


UCLA's Department of Film and Television and Department of Information Studies offer the Moving Image Archive Studies program. This Master of Arts degree program, is an intensive two-year course of study, consisting of specialized seminars, directed studies, an extensive internships program, screenings, guest lectures and technical demonstrations. For more information check the website: or contact Lance Watsky, MIAS Program Coordinator,

UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology offers Audiovisual Archiving in the 21st Century. Examination of history, present state, and future of audiovisual archives, with specific focus on ethics, copyright, contracts, fieldwork, preservation, and access and issues related to technology, space, budgets, and staffing.


Lyrasis was created in 2009 by the merger of PALINET and SOLINET. Solinet offers a regular program of workshops devoted to preservation issues. Past workshops have included: Introduction to Audio-Visual Cataloging (Live Online), Podcasting & RSS in Libraries, Audiovisual Readers Advisory (Live Online), Podcasting for Libraries (Live Online), and Preservation of Recorded Sound Media, Digital and Analog (Live Online). Lyrasis, 1438 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 200, Atlanta, 30309-2955; phone: 1-800-999-8558; For more information or upcoming classes and workshops, contact Lyrasis at


Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston offers two courses of interest. "Music Librarianship" covers, among other topics, the principles and techniques of storage and dissemination of music materials. "Archiving and Preserving Digital Media" focuses on archiving and preserving a wide variety of digital media (primarily text, image, sound, moving images, and web sites) as well as thinking in a long-term way about overcoming the many challenges. Website:

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and presentations each year. In addition, NEDCC presents one or more preservation conferences each year. Past topics have included Care and Handling of Multimedia Collections, Digitization for Preservation, and Preservation of Magnetic Media. NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810-1494; phone: (978) 470-1010; website:


The Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music holds an annual summer Music Preservation Workshop. The course includes hands-on work with basic conservation techniques and lectures, demonstrations, and discussions dealing with preservation program management; sound recording conservation, and other topics. Contact Alice Carli at the Eastman Summer Institute; phone: (585) 274-1375; email:; website:

The Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University offers an M.A. degree program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP). The two-year course will train future professionals to manage preservation-level collections of film, video, new media, and other types of digital works. Contact: Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 721 Broadway, Room 600, New York, N.Y. 10003; email:; website:


University of Pittsburgh’s Dept. of Library & Information Science offers courses in library and archival preservation. Past and future courses include: “Preservation Management,” and “Digital Preservation.” Department of Library & Information Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 6th Floor IS Building, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260; phone: (412) 624-9435; email: ; website:


University of Texas at Austin, School of Information, Preservation and Conservation Studies offers courses in audio preservation and reformatting, digital media collections. Sarah Cunningham teaches two courses: “Introduction to Audio Preservation and Reformatting” and “Advanced Audio Preservation and Reformatting.” University of Texas at Austin, School of Information, Preservation and Conservation Studies, UT-Austin, 1 University Station D7000, Austin, TX 78712; phone: (512) 471-8290; fax: (512) 471-8285; email:; website:

Amigos Library Services offers a variety of face-to-face preservation workshops and live online classes, including Preservation of Audiovisual Materials, and Digitizing Analog Audio Resources. Amigos Library Services Inc., 14400 Midway Rd., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75244-3509; phone: 800-843-8482; email:; website:

Other Interesting Web Sites
The CoOL Project: Conservation OnLine: Resources for Conservation Professionals. A full text library of conservation information. Educational opportunities in museum, library, and archives conservation/ preservation. For the website on Audio Preservation :
Educational opportunities in museum, library, and archives conservation/ preservation.
Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections. Proceedings from the symposium on July 24-26, 2003.
NIST, Information and Access Division: Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs. This page contains various documents relating to the NIST Digital Data Preservation Program.
NIST Special Publication 500-252. Information Technology: Care and Handling for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists.
Offers a list of articles on audiovisual archiving and preservation.
Copyright registration for sound recordings.
Directories of film schools/careers in moving image preservation.

View the ARSC Audio Preservation & Restoration Directory


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