Cinema Studies

Spring 2011, Caitlin Hammer, Internship at NYU Bobst Library

As an intern on the Video at Risk project, I had the opportunity to participate in a Mellon-funded research project that will ultimately impact the preservation of video collections in libraries across the United States. Unlike most MIAP internships, which typically focus on ways to utilize existing standards to carry out preservation projects within a specific collection, Video At Risk allowed me the opportunity to participate in the creation of much-needed new standards for the next era of moving image preservation. Over the course of the semester, I learned about unique challenges of preserving circulating video collections, conducted research that will aid in the creation of a sample RFP, assisted in basic preservation reformatting tasks, and explored ways copyright law may be used to support this project. I also collaborated with my co-intern, Jieun An, as well as stakeholders across the preservation department, to conduct important research surrounding the preservation of closed captioning information in VHS digitization projects. This research will directly contribute to the RFP and ultimately ensure that libraries nationwide make informed decisions about preserving closed captioning when digitizing their video collections.