Society of Georgia ArchivistsPreserving the past and present for the future.

Making Sense of a Media Collection

  • 03 May 2013
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Athens, GA
This daylong workshop aims to demystify audiovisual media collections, giving archivists a nuts-and-bolts, practical overview of the issues facing audio and moving image materials. Topics covered will include:
  • Historical and current film, audio, and video formats
  • Film, audio, and video production practices, and how they are reflected in archival materials
  • Deterioration of film and magnetic media, recommended storage conditions, and appropriate handling practices
  • Triage and prioritization of a/v collections
  • Basic approaches to digitization
  • Online and other resources for guidance about a/v preservation
As part of the workshop, we will examine samples of unprocessed audiovisual collection materials, in order to provide real-world examples of the principles discussed.

In addition, participants will be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the University of Georgia’s new Special Collections Libraries facility, including the audiovisual media lab dedicated to care of The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.

Location: Richard B. Russell Building, Special Collections Libraries, University of Georgia, 300 S. Hull Street, Athens, GA 30602

IMAP Members, SGA Members, UGA Staff: $100
Nonmembers: $150
Artists and Students: $50

To register, please visit this site.

Free parking will be available. Directions to the Special Collections building can be found here.

Please address any questions or concerns to

Jeff Martin is a graduate of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, and recipient of a post-graduate research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution in 2007. His other recent projects include assessment of audiovisual materials in the archive of Nam June Paik, as well as collection care projects for the Seattle Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. In April 2012, he organized the symposium TechFocus II: Caring For Film and Slide Installation Art, at the Hirshhorn. He supervised preservation content for the online Media Art Resource developed by Electronic Arts Intermix, and IMAP - Independent Media Arts Preservation. He currently serves as IMAP’s Executive Director.

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