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Understanding and Preserving Audio Collections (3 day course)

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

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
Monday 22 October 10.30 - 16.30
What do you have, what are the issues, what should you do?
Practical guide to analogue audio
History of analogue carriers and technology
Information on care and handling
Hands-on demonstrations of correct replay techniques

Tuesday 23 October 10.00 - 16.30
Digital audio demystified
Overview of digital audio theory
Generic digital issues (including error correction and checksums)
History of digital audio sources
Practical information on extracting digital audio from different media
Collection level overviews
Compiling an inventory
Prioritization and selection
Risk assessment
Out-source, or in-house? Working with service providers
Costs associated with managing digital collections

Wednesday 24 October 10.00 - 15.00
Working with audio files
Procedures for creating, working with, and safely storing audio files (including file naming, verification and technical metadata)
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
Archival principles for audiovisual material
An overview based on the core reference work
Safeguarding the audio heritage: ethics, principles and preservation strategy
Final round-up and Q&A
Training Fee
Course fee (including refreshments and lunches): £435.00 + VAT = £522.00
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
Contact E-Mail
22 Oct 2012 10:30am - 24 Oct 2012 03:00pm

From the end of the 19th century, sound recordings have documented some of the most significant events in culture, science and history. Today, custodians of audio collections are faced with the challenge of maintaining access to our priceless audio heritage, and the urgent need to digitally preserve recordings held on fragile and obsolete formats. Understanding and Preserving Audio Collections will guide you through collection management and preservation strategies, with an emphasis on digitisation for preservation and access.

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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