The following announcement has just been made by the Library of
Gregory A. Lukow has been appointed to the position of Chief of the
Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library
of Congress. Mr. Lukow has served as the Division's Assistant Chief
since January 2001. Upon the retirement in February of that year of the
Chief, David Francis, Mr. Lukow assumed the responsibilities for
managing the division as well as oversight of the planning for the
National Audio-Visual Conversation Center, the state-of-the art archival
storage and conservation facility for the Library's film, television
and audio collections, located in Culpeper, Virginia.
The Library's Director for Public Service Collections, Diane Kresh,
said: "Mr. Lukow's knowledge of motion pictures, television and
sound media, his national leadership in audio-visual preservation
planning and implementation and his highly effective direction of the
division and the key role he has played in the massive project to build
the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center make him ideally suited to
this critical management position and to meeting the challenges
associated with collecting and preserving America's moving image and
recorded sound heritage."
"I am honored to carry forward with the extraordinary work and
leadership of the Library of Congress in safeguarding one of the
premiere audio-visual collections in the world," said Lukow, "and I
look forward to continue working with the more than one hundred
dedicated MBRS Division staff as we implement the unprecedented new
capabilities of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center."
Mr. Lukow was a principal founder of the Association of Moving Image
Archivists (AMIA), serving five terms as its founding Secretary and
member of its Board of Directors. Prior to coming to the Library in
2001, Mr. Lukow was the Coordinator of Moving Image Archive Studies at
UCLA where he aided in the establishment of the first graduate degree
program of its kind in North America. Mr. Lukow's previous experience
also includes nine years as the head of the American Film Institute's
National Center for Film and Video Preservation where he directed all of
the Institute's preservation programs. For many years he has served as
a primary delegate to the International Federation of Film Archives
(FIAF) and as a member of the Archivists Council of Martin Scorsese's
The Film Foundation. He is currently a member of the founding Board of
Directors of the National Television and Video Preservation Foundation.
Mr. Lukow has written and lectured widely on the history and
preservation of American moving image media and has curated a number of
film and video exhibitions that have appeared in festivals and museums
across the country. He co-edited and published, The Administration of
Television Newsfilm and Videotape Collections, the first book published
in the U.S. devoted to television preservation.
Mr. Lukow holds a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and
English from the University of Nebraska and Master's and Candidate in
Philosophy's degrees in Film and Television Studies from the
University of California, Los Angeles.