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Understanding and Preserving Audio Collections

British Library
The British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, UK

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
by the end of the course, delegates should understand:
- how to make an inventory of what you have, what the related preservation issues are and what you should do to tackle them;
- the main characteristics of analogue and digital audio and gain experience of various procedures involved in handling both;
- prioritise, select and assess risk relating to your collection;
- procedures for creating, working with, and safely storing audio files (including file naming, verification and technical metadata);
Training Fee
Training course fee (including refreshments and lunch): £425.00 + VAT = £510.00.
Target Audience1
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07 Nov 2011 10:30am - 09 Nov 2011 03:00pm

Taking you from ‘what is it?’ through collection management issues to preservation strategies, this three day course provides an overview of managing and preserving audio material, with an emphasis on digitisation for preservation and access.

The course is aimed at people with responsibility for creating, managing and using audio collections. Whilst no hands-on experience is necessary, it is useful to have identified a collection to which the theory and practical elements of this course will be applied in order to get the most from it. The training is provided by members of the British Library Sound & Vision department and is structured to allow for plenty of informal discussion and information-sharing. A short pre-course reading list will be circulated to participants in advance. Places are limited to 20.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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