Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

preservation audiovisual film motion picture training education masters degree digital copyright conservation

Collection Management, H72.3401, Spring 2007

Spring 2007 » Tuesdays, 6 pm - 10 pm » 665 Broadway

Instructor: Linda Tadic » lt@artstor.org » (212) 229-6837 x106

Past Syllabi
2005
2006
Office hours
Fridays 4:00-6:00 or by appointment at:
ARTstor, 120 Fifth Ave, 5th Floor (@ 17th St.)
GOALS
Students will develop an increased understanding of the principles and practices of collection management for moving images, sound, and digital assets. They will gain hands-on experience with collection assessment, including evaluating collections in such areas as collecting policies, care and handling, organization and description, item condition, storage, and access. Students will also learn strategies for collection "triage", conservation, and preservation planning/management. They will also gain experience with the preparation of assessment reports, preservation plans, and funding proposals.
EXPECTATIONS
Each student will assess the same small collection in the Fales Collection in the Bobst Library. We will discuss students' findings in class as they prepare individual written assessments of the collection. During this time, they will also prepare a short paper on an aspect of appraisal and selection policies. Students will then apply their learning by conducting an individual assessment with a film/video/audio/digital repository, writing a report summarizing their findings and recommendations. They will shape all or part of the report's short-term recommendations into a plan of immediate goals and objectives, and write a funding request that reflects the plan.
Attendance at all classes is expected unless excused, as our work together will be intensive. There will be two field trips - at the Library of Congress, and at the Museum of Modern Art Cecile Bartos Film Center. Grades will be based on a combination of class preparedness and participation (20%); quality of work/presentation on the Fales Collection assessment (20%); short paper (10%); individual assessments (30%); and funding request (20%).
TEXTS
The following are texts for the course, along with the articles listed below in the class descriptions. Additional readings will be added during the semester, along with practical handouts.
  • Kula, Sam. Appraising Moving Images: Assessing the Archival and Monetary Value of Film and Video Records. Lanham, Maryland and Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2003. On reserve at Bobst Library.
  • InterPARES1 report. http://www.interpares.org/book/index.cfm
  • Descriptive Metadata for Television: an End-to-End Introduction. Mike Cox, Linda Tadic, Ellen Mulder. Amsterdam: Focal Press/Elsevier, 2006. On reserve at Bobst Library.

Class 1: January 16 - Introducing the Assessment Process

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Class 2: January 23 - Collection Goals & Policies (Meet at Bobst Library Special Collections (3rd floor) from 6-8; then at 665 Broadway 8-10)

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Class 3: January 30 - Theories on Selection & Appraisal; Beginning the Assessment; Intellectual Property and Agreements

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Class 4: February 6 - Principles of Video/Audio Collection 'Triage'

CLASS AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Class 5: February 13 - Video ; Description and Tracking of Moving Images (part 1)

(Meet at Bobst Library Preservation Office (basement)) 2 hours with Chris Lacinak (6-8), then class at 665 Broadway (8-10)

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2 hours: VIDEO: Chris Lacinak, adjunct faculty in the MIAP program, will be the guest speaker and will discuss analog video conservation concerns, and digital video formats.

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Class 6: February 23 (FRIDAY): Evaluating Storage And Handling: Visit to MoMA Cecile Bartos Center

We will visit the Museum of Modern Art Cecile Bartos Center in Pennsylvania. This will be an all-day trip; we will not meet February 20 Tuesday night from 6-10. Details will be announced closer to the date.

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Class 7: February 27 - Description of Moving Images (part 2)

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Class 8: March 6 - Digital Asset Management ; Implementing Actions: Preservation Work Plans

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March 13 (March 12-16 recess)

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Class 9: March 20 - Assessing Audio Collections (meet 2:00-6:00 at NYPL Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center)

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Class 10: March 27 - Digital

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Class 11: April 2 -Fundraising

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Class 12: April 10 - Crafting Funding Requests; Refining Work Plans and Budgets

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Class 13: April 17 - Presentations (part 1)

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Class 14: April 24 - Presentations (part 2); Job opportunities

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