A couple of further points to this. ARSC has a Technical Committee (the
co-chairs of which have not been able to respond to this thread), and at the
preconference to last year's Philadelphia meeting distributed their first
attempt at a list of engineers, vendors, and others involved in sound
recordings preservation. As was stated at the time, and bears repeating
here, it is *not* a list of people and products specifically endorsed or
recommended by ARSC, but rather a list of people and products known to them.
They are actively seeking more names and services to add to the list (with
the hope of making this as comprehensive as possible), which will be put up
on the revised ARSC website once that is released. As always with such a
list, caveat emptor remains a wise precaution.
Also, Paul Jackson cannot send email from his ISP to this and other lists,
so the posting immediately following my sig file is something that he
attempted to send.
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|From: Paul T. Jackson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
|Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 4:57 PM
|To: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
|Subject: RE: [ARSCLIST] How to find/hire av professionals
| ARSC does have a Technical Committee, as does IASA. Both are
|concerned with that of which you speak. However, according to the
|reports written in the directory, it would appear there is more
|interest in providing standards for preservation of sound and a
|directory of resources for preservation...equipment ad individuals
|and institutions that do such servicing.
| At some point a while back there has been discussions on
|criteria for curators or audio archivists that might some day
|become an accreditation standard. I've not heard anything about
|it for some time...and whether this is to be carried forward or if
|IASA may be doing this.
|Paul T. Jackson - Trescott Research
|Information Resources and Library Development
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Ross [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 1:16 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] How to find/hire av professionals
> I wonder whether there are or ought to be some specific
> qualifications for
> an audio conservator or archival specialist that are either
> separate from
> or a subset of those for an audio engineer.
> In at least one of the grant proposals that I have reviewed,
> the applicant
> wanted to contract the digital transfers to a local studio
> that specialized
> in tape duplication. There was no evidence that this studio had any
> experience working with old tape, or knowledge of the special
> for archival work. Based on this example and others I have
> heard about from
> informal discussions, I don't think this was a unique case.
> There was some discussion about this at the "Saving Sounds"
> Conference in
> Austin last summer, but no resolution. It would be useful for
> ARSC, along
> with some other interest groups, to begin to work on a set of formal
> standards that could help define the craft/art/profession.
> What do we call it? Audio Conservation Engineer? Sound
> Conservator? More
> importantly, what are the skills required for the job?
> Clearly, it's more
> than just knowing how to thread tape onto an Otari and dub to
> a CD recorder.
> Does ARSC have a technical committee or other group working on this
> question already? If not, how do we start one?
> John Ross
> Northwest Folklife