Current Preservation Department Projects


Media Preservation Unit

Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    • For Research Library collections across the continent, physical degradation of the media housing valuable, unique, and out–of–print video material looms imminent. Across the board, there is a pressing need to reframe principles and practices in situations where risk is defined by scarcity, and reformatting by legal and practical processes is not yet illuminated by common or best practices.

    • This Mellon Foundation–funded collaborative study brings together New York University's Division of Libraries with the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the circulating media collections of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola University New Orleans to collaboratively address these challenges. The Video At Risk team developed a set of clear, easy-to-use guidelines with regards to Section 108(c) of the United States Copyright Act, and is pleased to make them available to the broader library and archive community. Section 108 Copyright Guidelines, available here.

Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template -- now available!

    • Working in collaboration with its academic partners and technical advisors, New York University's Division of Libraries is pleased to announce the release of a new publication. Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video -- specifically VHS -- to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors. 

      PDF available here



Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference Presentation -- October 10, 2014

    • Chair & Speaker: Kimberly Tarr, New York University Libraries

    • Speakers:  Kristin MacDonough, Bay Area Video Coalition and Kristin Lipska, California Audiovisual Preservation Project

    • An increasing number of cultural heritage institutions are embarking on projects to preserve their analog video holdings yet lack the infrastructure and resources to conduct quality control (QC) on the resulting digital files. As a result, digital files with video and/or audio issues, or improperly named files, are accepted as preservation masters. We’ll demystify QC by explaining what resources are necessary to ensure that the files received are the deliverables requested. One presenter will highlight process and workflow; another will discuss the benefits of referencing the A/V Artifact Atlas, which offers visual examples of the technical issues and anomalies that can afflict audio and video signals. We’ll also share a new publication that assists organizations initiate, define, and manage video digitization projects with vendors. At the conclusion of this 60-minute session, attendees will have been introduced to resources and tools to help them develop their own QC practice.

    • Slides available here: NYU and CAVPP 

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