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Training for Moving Image Specialists in Libraries (TMISL) is part of an ongoing project of New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program. This project is made possible by a grant from the US Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The goals of the TMISL project are to:

♦ Continue preparing students for careers as library professionals

♦ Continue raising library-wide awareness around the important work a trained moving image and sound specialist can accomplish for a library

♦ Offer working professionals formal training in audiovisual collection care, assessment, and management

Why TMISL?
Recognition by both scholars and the public of the value of moving image and sound materials continues to grow. Stewards of our most significant audiovisual collections are realizing how much can be gained by processing and making available the audiovisual material that has languished in storage.

Libraries are often host to a range of items, including unique materials in special collections and works that, while mass-produced at the time of acquisition, have since become scarce. The physical characteristics and technological dependencies of both analog and digital audiovisual materials render them highly susceptible to degradation, loss, and obsolescence, and in need of specialized attention.

Despite this fact, most libraries with established programs in paper preservation lack the expertise, methods, and resources to address the preservation requirements of their ?lm, video, and audio holdings, threatening the tremendous research, educational and cultural value that the collections represent. In particular, the absence of staff with specialized training is one of the greatest threats to the longevity and accessibility of moving image and sound collections in libraries.

Training for Moving Image Specialists in Libraries (TMISL) seeks to advance and expand the Moving Image Specialists in Libraries (MISL) project by generating continued awareness of audiovisual holdings in library special collections, archives, and media centers currently unavailable or only partially available to the public. The end goal continues to be the improvement of staffing for moving image archiving and preservation in libraries in order to increase the longevity and access of audiovisual collections.

New findings and current information related to our goals will be available on this website. Here you will find:

Internships documentation from current graduate students placed in IMLS-funded internships.

Workshops documentation of ongoing professional training with curriculum descriptions, outlines, and bibliographies, as well as documentation of past workshops in the form of videos and digital photographs.

Resources page to continue providing up-to-date educational and professional material to keep our site relevant to professionals working in the field.