Upcoming and On Demand

We believe that our programming is strengthened with partnerships across institutions, geography, and areas of expertise so we can continue to strive for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable approach to media preservation. We invite practitioners of all backgrounds to participate, lead webinars, and give feedback to help us create the best possible educational opportunities for our community.

AMIA’s CEA Task Force leads this work and encourages the community to converge to share ideas, support and promote each other’s work, strategize to create new remote workflows, and identify areas of advocacy for archiving and preservation practice within the varied institutions we serve.

Other AMIA Committees also contribute significantly to this work, leading roundtables, forums, and webinars focused on different areas of the field.

Upcoming Webinars

AMIA webinars will take a break during the first part of August, but look for webinar announcements on topics including ..

  • Grantwriting
  • Creating an Archive-Safe Space in your Home
  • Disability Consciousness Raising
  • AV Archive Ethics

On Demand Webinars

A/V Archiving Job Searches in a Global Emergency

Budget cuts and growing layoffs in institutions such as museums and libraries resulting from the global pandemic have greatly reduced the already limited job opportunitiesa that existed for A/V archivists. This panel will provide helpful tips for navigating what is a very difficult time to search for a new job. It will also act as part of a larger support network that AMIA is creating for its members and others in the field to meet and share their worries and successes. Panelists representing a range of perspectives from the media archiving field – students, employers, academic librarians, and remote workers – will share stories on how they are adapting to the new job market.

This recording is the first half of the event, consisting of short presentations from the panelists. The second half of the event was an open discussion and not recorded.

DAS Presents:
The LOC National Screening Room: Preparing Content Virtually During Covid19

This DAS presentation is underwritten by our partners at Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Seagate powered by Tape Ark, Image Protection Services, and LAC Group.

After sustaining digital content following established preservation workflows, providing public online access is a separately distinct series of steps that requires a team with expertise in metadata, transcoding, file editing, and publishing content in online platforms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, staff from the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center were provided with an opportunity to adapt workflows that will increase the availability of moving image content in the National Screening Room, our point of public online access to digitized content

Intro to Command Line

This webinar will provide a cursory introduction to identification and basic handling of audiovisual assets in their digital forms and managing these digital files in the command line, while answering the questions “What is the command line?,” and “Why is this important to AV archivists?” and “How will this help me in my work?” The webinar will include a tutorial intro to basic command line utilities in order to follow along the demos in using MediaInfo. The webinar will conclude with guidance on error-reading and troubleshooting.

Intro to AV Specific Cataloging

This workshop will provide an introduction to describing audiovisual materials, with a focus on the PBCore metadata schema. Attendees will be introduced to basic concepts of audiovisual metadata; how records are structured in XML; the role of controlled vocabularies; and best practices for recording key descriptive and technical characteristics of media assets. The workshop will also share some tools for creating metadata records in PBCore.

Crowdsourcing Metadata Within Your Communities:
How to Gather Contextual Metadata for Your Moving Image Collections

The majority of local television news film collections are still largely undiscoverable at the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Crowdsourcing the description of local TV news collections is one potential solution. Unfortunately, there are few available models for leveraging regional expertise to efficiently tag collection content with minimal funding and staffing. Natasha Margulis, Digital & Political Collections Archivist at Arkansas State University, will share her model for handling the descriptive metadata the archives are gathering to enhance discoverability and accessibility of a local TV news film collection which was acquired without the aid of broadcast scripts or other relevant descriptive documentation. The model she proposes can be used to increase discoverability of local TV news and other regional moving image collections regardless of staff size or budget.

Protocols of Native Archives Archival Materials:
Providing Context through Centering Indigenous Voices

This is a project that takes mid-20th century educational and sponsored films about Native peoples of the U.S. Southwest back into tribal communities and recording Native narrations and contextual information for film content by the Native communities they represent.  This free webinar is a follow up to AMIA’s Stewardship of Indigenous Materials 2019 conference programming, and is in collaboration with Society of American Archivists and Sustainable Heritage Network.

Intro to AV Formats and Risk Factors

An introduction to identification and basic handling of audiovisual assets, with a focus on analog media. Attendees will learn how to identify all of the major analog audiovisual asset types (film, video and audio tape, and optical media). Attendees will learn the major risk factors for these media, how to perform a visual inspection in order to gauge their health and risk level, and how to properly store media to improve potential lifespan and mitigate damage.

Remote Collections Management:
Accessing the Vaults
Workflows and Alternative Strategies

Part of AMIA’s Quaranstream series, this two session panel discussion on cultural heritage practitioners working with audiovisual media, many of whose jobs involve handling physical object. Social distancing and working remotely during COVID-19 have prevented direct access to  onsite collections and vaults.

Airtable for AV Archivists

Airtable can be a good solution for robust metadata management and data curation for archivists without the resources or skill sets to implement more costly or complicated full-stack solutions. This webinar may be useful to you if you are looking to build a new tool into your toolkit to do things like: unify your legacy data sets (from Excel, Google Sheets, MS Access, FileMaker, etc.) into one space; streamline workflows for authority control, metadata refinement and normalization; or project manage digitization, collection management, or other archival/preservation projects.

Navigating Grant Funding for Local TV Collections: A Roundtable

This hour long roundtable webinar discussion features colleagues from across the United States who have successfully navigated these challenges and received national and regional grants to fund the preservation of educational, community-access, public broadcasting, and local network TV collections.



RAVA Incubator: Q&A with RAVA Founders

Regional audiovisual archives are equal parts challenge, joy, and solid McGuyver-type skills. This 1-hour webinar Q&A will feature several AMIA Members who have founded a regional audiovisual archive in the United States. Please join us to ask your burning questions, to learn from their experiences, and to further strengthen and support regional audiovisual archives and archivists.