Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) The hand of poverty. Courtesy: Milestone Films (link: https://www.milestonefilms.com)


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.

In addition to our upcoming and on demand programming, many of our webinars are offered free both open and for AMIA members. 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.

If you have ideas for upcoming programming, please let us know here.


Upcoming Webinars


Cutting Room Floor: Editing Language in Time-Based Media Collections
September 28 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Pacific)
Format: Webinar
Track: Specialist Conversations, Skills Development
Level: Beginner/Introductory

Manager Training Series: Soft Skills Development for New & Aspiring Managers
September 30  | 10:00am – 2:00pm (Pacific)
Format: Workshop
Track: Soft Skills Training
Level: Beginner/Introductory

Manager Training Series: Panel Discussion for New & Aspiring Managers
October 5 | 11:30am – 12:30pm (Pacific)
Format: Panel Discussion
Track: Specialist Conversations, Skills Development
Level: Beginner/Introductory

Techniques for Color Remastering Home Movies in DaVinci Resolve
October 13 |  10:00am – 11:15am (Pacific)
Track: Skills Development

On Demand Webinars

Job Interview Best Practices

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.

Manager Training Series: Skills Development for New & Aspiring Managers

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.

A DIY Approach to Data Recovery from Damaged 5.25” Floppy Disks

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.

Project Design and Grant Writing for AV Archivists

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?

Intro to Digital Preservation & Formats

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.

From a Distance: Hands-On Introduction to Videotape Capture Station Setup

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.


Applying AI and NLP Tools to AV Archival Material

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.

The Remote Archivist: Alternative Archival Workspaces

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.


Free Webinars

Disabilities Consciousness Raising

This introductory session invites audiovisual specialists to interrogate how disability is understood and thought about. Informed by disability studies and the history of disability in visual culture, Drs. Raphael Raphael and Tom Conway invite our profession to consider the impact of how ‘disability’ is defined in the shared spaces.

Disability and Audiovisual Archives Access

As a follow up to the Disability Consciousness Raising webinar, this session will provide a number of perspectives on actionable ways audiovisual archivists can better provide access to their collections and online.   Webinar resources.



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.

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

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. Presented by our partners at Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Seagate powered by Tape Ark, Image Protection Services, and LAC Group.

Creating Terminal Block Connections for Analog Audio

This short workshop will walk the viewer through using an audio terminal block connections commonly found on video digitization equipment.  This free BAVC workshop is sponsored by NEH and AMIA.

A/V Archiving Job Searches in a Global Emergency

The 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.

Introduction to Digital Formats and Storage: An Eight Part Series

This foundational series provides an overview of bits and bytes, analog to digital conversion, audio, video, and film formats, digital data storage options, compression, and digital data preservation efforts.

Best Practices for Personal Audiovisual Collections: Two Part Series

This two part series is directed to families and individuals with audiovisual collections they wish to preserve. Part Two – Digitization focuses on considerations families and individuals should make regarding sending out audiovisual material to be digitized vs. trying to do the work at home, with a case example of a MiniDV setup. Long-term care strategies are also discussed.

Best Practices for Small Audiovisual Archives: Two Part Series

This two part series is for small institutions with audiovisual collections and limited staff. Part One – An overview of common media and formats likely to be found in mixed archival collections, with discussion of audiovisual collection management and sustainability. Part Two – Digitization focuses on the digitization of analog materials, with considerations for using vendors vs. creating in-house stations, with a case example of a VHS setup. Care and maintenance of digital video and audio is also discussed.

AMIA Members

For member access information, please contact the AMIA office or check the bi-weekly Newsletter.

Copyright Strategies in the Pandemic and Beyond with Meredith Jacob

From the AMIA Copyright Committee Meeting – April 16, 2021

Unlocking Moving Images in Archives: A Conversation with Hope O’Keeffe

From the AMIA Copyright Committee Meeting – February 19, 2021

Ethical and Security Considerations for AV Archiving in the Time of the BLM Movement and COVID-19

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. 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.


Intro to Command Line

A cursory introduction to identification and basic handling of audiovisual assets in their digital forms and managing these digital files in the command line.” The webinar includes a tutorial intro to basic command line utilities in order to follow along the demos in using MediaInfo, concluding with guidance on error-reading and troubleshooting.

Intro to AV Specific Cataloging

An introduction to describing audiovisual materials, with a focus on the PBCore metadata schema. Introduction 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.

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. 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.

Intro to AV Formats and Risk Factors

An introduction to identification and basic handling of audiovisual assets, with a focus on analog media. Included: how to identify all of the major analog audiovisual asset types (film, video and audio tape, and optical media; 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
Part I:  Accessing the Vaults
Part II: Workflows and Alternative Strategies

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 A/V Archivists

An overview of Airtable basics such as tables, fields, and views, and show how this tool can be leveraged to manage different kinds of metadata and projects; create controlled vocabularies and authority lists; de-duplicate and normalize records, as well as introduce more advanced features such as Airtable blocks, using the Airtable API to facilitate batch functions, and use of Airtable as a CMS backend for websites.

The Fair Use Doctor Is In

From the AMIA Copyright Committee Meeting – November 16, 2020

How Fair Use Helps Archivists Do Their Work with Patricia Aufderheide

From the AMIA Copyright Committee Meeting – August 12, 2020

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: A Q&A with Regional AV Archives Founders

Regional audiovisual archives are equal parts challenge, joy, and solid MacGyver-type skills. This one hour webinar Q&A featured several AMIA Members who have founded a regional audiovisual archive in the United States. The RAVA Incubator is a Sub-Committee of AMIA’s Regional Audiovisual Archives (RAVA) Committee.