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Jieun An, Internship at Texas State University Libraries, Summer 2011

The Internship at Texas State University (TSU) and Austin Film Festival (AFF) was conducted under the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services since August 25, 2011, for 10 weeks. The AFF is an international cultural organization cultivating and inspiring filmmakers, screenwriters, and artists. The audio and video collections of the festival such as event documentations, trailers, recordings for film showings and AFF conference, are located in the AFF office in Austin, Texas. The AFF is trying to establish organized archive system for their AV collections, and to digitize audio and video tapes and other media formats cooperating with TSU. The ultimate goal of this project is to create database for the digitized files from the original tape formats to make them accessible and to store the copies of the files at the Wittliff Collections at TSU. During the summer internship, the main task assigned to me was managing the media and other materials in the archive closet at the AFF office by creating database for the collection, relabeling the entire media formats, setting digital system for transferring process. In the internship period at TSU library, I had opportunities to learn how to deal with FileMakerPro and CONTENTdm for their digital collections, and also to practice transferring audio and VHS tapes to digital formats. At the AFF office, the work I worked on first was making excel spreadsheets for collection assessment and its database. After completing those documents, I created the naming convention for the collection, assigned the new identifiers to each items and finished labeling work. As well, I had experiences setting RAID hard drive system for AFF digitized files, and digitizing original tapes using FinalCut Express HD and H.264 Pro Recorder. Most of all, through this internship, I was able to learn how to build collaborative relationship between two educational and cultural institutions, under the great supports of Katharine A Salzmann and Joel Minor Texas State University and Samantha R. Lopez at Austin Film Festival.

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