Stefan Elnabli, Internship at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR), Summer 2009

On June 15, 2009, Stefan Elnabli began his IMLS-funded internship at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) in Palo Alto, California.

Under the supervision of Preservation Librarian for Digital and Media Collections Hannah Frost, Stefan engaged full-time in the 10-week long internship through hands-on project work, providing real-world experience in preserving and providing access to moving image materials in a major research library setting.

During this time, Stefan helped the library meet collection management goals by inventorying and rehousing a major collection of video-artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson's entire working archive of materials, which included audio, video, film, and optical moving image media. Alternately working with a related collection, Stefan designed and constructed a collection finding aid using the open source archival data management system The Archivist's Toolkit for SULAIR's Women Art Revolution Collection, which consisted of video tapes, digital files, and digital transcript files of interviews with a wide range of influential feminist artists conducted by Lynn Hershman Leeson for her upcoming documentary film Women Art Revolution. Stefan's other activities during the internship included visiting prospective film reformatting vendors to evaluate how their services and practices meet the needs of SULAIR's archival film collection, and assessing SULAIR's film storage facilities while performing micro and macro environmental maintenance on degrading acetate and reformatted film elements. Stefan's contributions offered SULAIR the opportunity to strengthen its media preservation program in the long-term, and to more effectively meet the immediate needs of its archival collections and the scholars who access them for research.

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