Saundra Brown Armstrong training to become Oakland's first African American policewoman. She went on to become a Senior Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and still presides over cases in the Oakland Federal Courthouse. (1970) Original 16mm, shot by Ch.4 KRON-TV can be viewed here (link: Original KRON-TV reporter Valerie Dickerson interviewed Judge Armstrong about her pioneering career in 2016, reuniting them on-camera after 46 years (link Courtesy: Bay Area TV Archive (link: )

Education Committee

Chairs: Jen O'Leary and Ashley Franks-Mcgill
On Twitter: @AMIAEducation
On Facebook: @AMIAEducationCommittee

The AMIA Education Committee believes that the education and training of moving image archivists is not only central to AMIA’s role as a professional association, but essential to the long-term survival of our moving image heritage.

To this end, the Education Committee promotes, designs, supports, and implements educational programs, projects, and services that contribute to the continuing education and training of working archivists, and facilitate the education and training of students who wish to pursue careers in moving image archive management.  The Education Committee facilitates, supports, and oversees the AMIA Student Chapters.

Whether you are here to find out more about what a moving image archivist is, just starting your education or career as a moving image (or audiovisual) archivist, or are an established professional within our industry, we hope you will find useful information here to help you accomplish your educational goals.

What is a Moving Image Archivist?

A moving image archivist is someone who actively conserves, preserves, restores, and makes accessible moving image media. Another variant title for a moving image archivist is an audiovisual archivist, which additionally incorporates recorded sound media.

What is Moving Image Media?

Different forms of moving image media include movies, television, shorts, home movies, animation, video games, etc.

The different formats of moving image media include film, video, optical media, such as DVDs and laser discs, and digital files.

Current Projects

Conference 101 Resource

Conferences can be an intimidating place, whether you’re planning on attending your 1st, 5th, or 25th conference. The Education Committee’s Conference 101 resource is designed to help you get the most out of your conference-going experience, from creating the best presentation, to tips on networking. If you’ve never presented a poster before, check out our Conference Posters guide to learn more about these types of presentations and how to design a great poster.

Events Calendar

The Education Committee maintains the Events Calendar in collaboration with the AMIA office.  Submit your listing directly to the calendar or send your submission to

Student Chapter Guide (Jen O’Leary)

A new resource that will outline the steps for applying to become an AMIA student chapter, initial steps setting up after approval from the AMIA Board, and tips on maintaining a strong student board and diverse activities.

AMIA Conference Online (Dinah Handel, Kristin Lipska, Erwin Verbruggen, Co-Leaders)

This is a new project as of 2016 exploring options for putting new conference presentations and documentation up online.

Mentorship Subcommittee: Networking & First-Timer Event (Casey Davis Kaufman, Chair)

The Mentorship Sub-committee consists of 4-6 AMIA members who will administer the event. This event brings together students, early professionals, first-timers and seasoned AMIA veterans and leaders for pre-conference networking, meet-and-greet with AMIA leaders, mock interviews, and a resume review! This informal outreach effort helps newcomers make the most of their time at the AMIA conference and provides professional development opportunities for students and early professionals.


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