METRO & MIAP Present: Managing Locally-Produced Born-Digital Audiovisual Content

Speaker Howard Besser, Yvonne Ng, Natalie Milbrodt, Brendan Allen, & Sady Sullivan
Howard Besser, Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation ProgramProfessor and Founding Director of MIAP, Besser has played a key role in advanced activities in the library and museum world since the 1980s. He has been instrumental in creating a handful of metadata standards (such as the Dublin Core), and has ...

Howard Besser, Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program

Professor and Founding Director of MIAP, Besser has played a key role in advanced activities in the library and museum world since the 1980s. He has been instrumental in creating a handful of metadata standards (such as the Dublin Core), and has been a leader in several large ground-breaking multi-institutional collaborations addressing access and/or preservation of visual material. A former Professor of Library & Information Science, Besser was named to the Library of Congress’ select list of “Pioneers of Digital Preservation”. Author of “Digital Longevity” in Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access (Northeast Document Conservation Center, 2000); co-authored “The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age” (National Academy Press, 2000), “Defining the Problem of Our Vanishing Memory: Background, Current Status, Models for Resolution” in Time and Bits: Managing Digital Continuity (Getty Information Institute and Getty Conservation Institute, 1998).

Yvonne Ng, Archivist, WITNESS

Yvonne Ng is the Archivist at WITNESS, an international human rights video organization based in New York. Prior to WITNESS, she was a research fellow on the Preserving Digital Public Television project of the U.S. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. She has also worked with audiovisual collections at the New York Public Library, NYU Libraries, and the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre. She holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University.

Natalie Milbrodt, Director, Queens Memory Project

Natalie Milbrodt is the Digital Content & Strategy Coordinator for Queens Library in New York City where she contributes to a team developing the library’s digital presence.  She serves as the Director of the Queens Memory Project, a participatory digital archives created and maintained in partnership with the City University of New York’s Queens College to document life in the borough of Queens.

Brendan Allen, Archivist, Democracy Now!

Brendan Allen works as the Archives Manager for Democracy Now! - a global, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. His previous work experience has been as an audiovisual librarian and archivist for Black Entertainment Television, The Public Broadcasting Service, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and as an archive intern at Anthology Film Archives where he helped re-process the Harry Smith collection.

Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History, Brooklyn Historical Society

Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society where she manages new oral history projects as well as preservation of BHS's oral history collections dating back to 1973. In addition, Sady works with curators and educators at BHS to produce audio for exhibitions, K-12 and post-secondary curricula, walking tours, and podcasts. Since joining Brooklyn Historical Society in 2006, Sady Sullivan has led six oral history projects and conducted life history interviews with over 200 Brooklynites. For the past five years, she has interviewed 57 elementary school-age children in Brooklyn for a longitudinal collection. In addition, Sady manages the digitization of BHS's legacy oral histories, 12 projects dating back to 1973, encompassing 300 interviews. The oral history collections now total over 1000 interviews and continue to grow through new projects and acquisitions by 50% each year.


Full Description

Libraries and archives increasingly need to manage locally-produced media content in born-digital form. In this context, 'locally' can account for audiovisual material that arrives from individuals or community groups as part of the normal collecting policies of the organization (video documentation of events, home movies), material produced by another unit of the parent organization (PR department, University television station), by volunteers participating in a program (oral history projects), or by individuals as part of an institutional requirement (thesis films).

Often the amount of content is daunting, and the sense of urgency for preservation overwhelming. Multiple speakers will provide examples of strategies for the ingest and management of important born-digital content, illustrating reasonably achievable processes for institutions with varying collections and resources.

Topics range from: offering advice to content contributors, lending high-quality equipment to content contributors, file structures and metadata for maintaining a collection, methods for providing access, and concerns about ensuring the longevity and integrity of these works.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be equipped with multiple strategies for management and preservation of born digital collections.
  • Participants will be able to identify preferred file formats for ingest which will provide standards for their respective collection.
  • Participants will have more understanding regarding issues of longevity, integrity, and access of born-digital material which will inform the development of their own institutional strategies.

Please note that portions of this panel will be recorded on video. By registering to participate in this panel discussion, you grant METRO and MIAP the right to record and distribute through audio/video recording your image and/or comments or questions that may result from your participation.

Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures. 

Organizer This event is co-sponsored by METRO & MIAP

This event is made possible with partial funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Thu, Dec. 12, 2013
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. US/Eastern

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