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.
Bash Scripting for Audiovisual Preservation (Series of 9 Webinars)
Reto Kromer, AV Conservation & Restoration Scientist
Joshua Ng, Digital Preservation Analyst, Archives New Zealand
All webinars are from 10:00am – 11:00am (Pacific)
Beginner Level: Playing with Checksums
Intermediate Level: Derivative Files
Advanced Level: Data Maintenance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For member access information, please contact the AMIA office or check the bi-weekly Newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.