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Audio Cassette Digitization Workflow

This document is sample workflow for digitizing audio cassettes at the CDSC, simplified steps for pre-digitization, digitization, quality control and collecting metadata. This workflow can be adapted to help you create an audio digitization workflow for your own institution. This document is part of Module 2: Check It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

VHS Digitization Workflow

This document is a sample workflow for digitization of VHS tapes including: pre-digitization, digitization, and metadata. This workflow can be adapted to help you create a video digitization workflow for your own institution. This document is part of Module 2: Check It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Connecting to Collections: Historical Sound Recordings

In this presentation, Nathan Georgitis, Digital Collections Librarian at the Digital Scholarship Center at University of Oregon Libraries, discusses about the state of sound recordings, the challenges to preserving these materials, and the importance of digitization for preserving and providing access. Some of the topics he addresses in his presentation include: digital audio file management, preservation assessment, prioritization, audio formats at risk, and working with service providers. This presentation was given at the SHN sponsored Digitization Basics Workshop, held at the Digital Scholarship Center at University of Oregon Libraries, on May 6, 2016.

Preserving and Enhancing Native Langauge Resources in Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums

These slides were used for the 2015 Pre-ATALM Workshop co-sponsored by the Sustainable Heritage Network titled "Preserving and Enhancing Native Langauge Resources in Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums," held in Washington, D.C. on September 10, 2015. Topics covered in this workshop include different audio recording formats, best practices for extracting audio from compact disks, text standards, recording best practices for language, metadata, prioritizing preservation over presentation, rights management, language documentation using mobile devices, some basics on using Audacity, how to document language using SayMore, and how to use Mukurtu Mobile for language documentation.

Moving Image Digitization

This presentation on moving image digitization was given by Mark O'English at the 2014 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop on June 13, 2014 in Palm Springs, California. Towards the end of the presentation, Michael Pahn weighs in on planning a film digitization project.

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Ideal Storage Temperatures for Visual and Audiovisual Media

This chart from the Image Permanence Institute Media Storage describes the ideal conditions for storing various types of film, tape, and other storage media.

Moving Image Digitization Overview

Michael Pahn will talk about his work at NMAI in laying the groundwork for starting a film digitization project. Mark O'English will then conduct a practical introduction to the processing, preservation, and digitization of film and video collections. By the end of the session, institutions with no digitization experience should be able to begin organizing and stewarding their own visual media, and be aware of ways to digitize and share these films with their communities.

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Common Audiovisual Formats

This document includes photographs of several physical formats used to record sound and moving images. It is broken up into three categories: magnetic tape, film, and grooved media.

Audio Tape Digitization

This presentation on audio tape digitization was given by Michael Pahn at the 2014 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop held on June 13 in Palm Springs, California.

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Audio Tape Digitization Overview

Michael Pahn leads a practical primer on digitizing audio cassettes that includes a theoretical understanding of how analog sound is converted into a digitized format, tools and procedures for digitizing audio tape, file naming, data management, cleaning up digital audio files, and creating embedded metadata. Following the session will be a lab where you can practice skills taught in the session or direct specific questions to Michael about audio digitization.

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