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.
In addition to our upcoming and on demand programming, many of our webinars are offered free to AMIA Members with additional webinars offered free to the community. For member access information, please contact the AMIA office or check the bi-weekly Newsletter.
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.
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Geared toward the audiovisual archivist with little or no background with DACS or EAD or experience with manuscript processing principles, this workshop will contain interactive lectures to introduce concepts and clarify terminology, and will focus specifically on how these standards can be successfully applied to audiovisual and mixed material collections. Through the use of examples and the application of a comprehensive case study, participants will work on exercises to understand concepts of appraisal, assessment, levels of processing, arrangement, and description at the item, series, and collection level.
AMIA members use AMIA-M discount code for $20 discount.
Change, education, and adaptation – the process of all we do in the realms of media management and digital preservation. DAS presentations and discussions are a forum for sharing the lessons we’ve learned and the best-practices we develop to address these key processes. Sessions include: Keynote: Deepfakes: Addressing Threats from AI-Generated Synthetic Media; Finding the Right AI Tools for DAM; Preservation Information in LTO Cartridge Memory; LWL Case Study; The Mobile Journalism Revolution; HistoryMakers and Digital Transitions: A Case Study; Virtual Production: ICVFX & Archive;On Building a Digital Archive for Black Film’s Past, Present, and Future; and DAS Wrap Up. Full program and speaker information is here.
embARC (“metadata embedded for archival content”) was first introduced in 2019 by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI), AVP and PortalMedia as a free, open source software application that enables users to audit and correct embedded metadata to comply with FADGI guidelines. Recent development in 2020-2021 has expanded the scope of embARC to meet the evolving user needs and workflows of the audiovisual preservation community.
AMIA members use AMIA-M discount code for $10 discount.
Does it matter if a software or format is “open” as long as it works and the price is right? Is using “free” stuff professionally a good idea? Will “open stuff” make things worse? Who supports and maintains Open Source? Who is “the community?” Peter Bubestinger-Steindl provides practical experience-based insights into all these questions, as well as how free open source software (FOSS) may save your day(s)! Peter will also discuss what to expect, plan for and avoid to get high quality, long term sustainable digital solutions. The session is non-technical and intended for anyone in preservation facing decisions that involve software.
AMIA members use AMIA-M discount code for $10 discount.
Everyone knows that moving into a management role means overseeing people, projects and teams, which require soft skills like time management and good communication. However, not everyone is prepared with the wide range of practical skills that are essential when you’re the one giving orders, setting priorities, or signing checks. New managers may feel bewildered by big questions about how to do what they’re supposed to do: What is strategic planning, and why is it important? How do I create a budget? How can I make sure my operating unit gets the resources it needs? This is the first in the Manager Training series.
Job descriptions often emphasize functional skills—such as the ability to handle, inspect, and repair audiovisual media; perform appraisal and collection management tasks; write grants; apply metadata schemas; or use open source digital tools. However, these “hard” skills are only part of what’s needed for success on the job. Soft skills like interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, and the ability to work effectively in teams are crucial for the problem solving, advocacy, and management of people and projects that managers do on a daily basis. Fine-tuning those soft skills is increasingly important for those moving away from hands-on work with collections and into more strategic leadership and supervisory roles.
Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job search process. It feels like so much depends on the answers to just a few questions! When the stakes are this high, it’s important to be prepared, poised, and positive. It’s also key to remember that the interview is a two-way street: both candidates and prospective employers are learning about each other when they sit down to talk. The questions an interviewer asks can tell you a lot about what they’re looking for, and what it might be like to work for them. Meanwhile, the questions you ask can be another way to show your insights and help you seal the deal! Learn more about how to listen between the lines and make interviewing more informative, less intimidating in this upcoming workshop.
In this session, archivists and practitioners with expertise in a variety of metadata standards—including CEN 15907, PBCore, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT), BIBFRAME, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and PREMIS—will discuss the key features of those standards and their applicability in audiovisual archival settings. Each panelist will introduce themselves with a five-minute presentation to either discuss a standard or present a real-world metadata use case. After the presentations, speakers will engage in a moderated discussion around questions such as managing metadata updates, making recommendations for a project, and what metadata standards might look like in the future.
At RAND’s Corporate Archive, work is ongoing to recover data from a collection of damaged 5.25” floppy disks. The fragility of the medium itself poses unique challenges during the capturing process, and the end result is often that files are captured with minor or significant corruption. A single disk is captured 3 times in order to control for the variations in the capture process, but further preservation tasks on these files are inhibited due to the quality of some captures. This presentation will lay out the hardware and software tools, along with the cleaning methods for disks and drives, that I have found result in the most successful captures, while still being an affordable in-house DIY workflow. The presentation will also describe the ongoing work to “merge” the successfully captured information within files together into a “modified master” copy.
Tips on how to set up mobile vehicles, home transfer stations and alternative workspaces suitable for archivists with limited access to an archive or supporting staff. A series of mini-presentations followed by a moderated discussion and open forum Q&A.
What is the role of grant-writing in organizational strategic and development plans and ecosystems? How do you design a grant project that advances your mission and maximizes the potential of partnerships and collaboration? What factors should be considered when developing a project plan and budget? How do you identify funders who might have a programmatic interest in your project? How can you advocate for a project you care deeply about with an organization whose work is inspiring to you? What are successful strategies for telling a compelling story that engages grantmakers? How can you ensure broad, profession-wide impact of your grant projects?
When a reel of film or videotape breaks, we can examine the reel, diagnose the problem, and repair it. What about when digital files degrade? This webinar will provide an introduction to digital files—their structure, specifications, history, identification, and uses—and will explore potential fixes to “broken” files. Attendees will learn about the organization of data in common audiovisual storage formats, how to recognize those formats, and how to look closer at a file.
This eight hour workshop is a condensed version of the videotape capture station hands-on training developed for the AAPB Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship Immersion Week. Attendees will be able to explain the concepts of signal flow and sync and identify the various equipment needed to digitize analog video.
This workshop addresses recent efforts in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to help archives, libraries, and museums both manage and enhance their A/V content. Specifically, applications being developed within two multimedia AI platforms, AMP and CLAMS.