Shai Drori wrote:
> Hi Marie
> When I worked a tender at the National sound archives in Jerusalem the
> work was split firmly by profession. The engineers did only audio work
> and slight metadata retrieval. Cataloging was done only by catalogers
> and librarians. This made a lot of sense to me, since I can tell you
> blind folded what media I'm holding in my hands and how to play it and
> preserve it, by I am totally lost in the vast fields of the catalog.
And on the other hand, as a user I sure would wish that catalogers would
have that knowledge of identifying the different media and what is
important to include in the cataloging data to describe it -- not just
the audio content which is what seems to be the only concern of many
catalogers. I've been saying for decades I can tell you more about a
record by looking at it than only listening to it at a distance -- which
I have often done prior to going to the archive. It would be nice to
know what the record is like from the catalog.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> On 3/2/2010 6:49 AM, Marie O'Connell wrote:
>> I have a question for *'institutions'* either working solely in sound or
>> audiovisual archives -
>> 1) Do your audio engineers work solely with the preservation and
>> of audio (audiovisual) and the related metadata associated with the
>> preservation process when creating archival digital files?
>> 2) Do the audio engineers who do this said work make cataloguing entries
>> about the content of the said files?
>> 3) Do the audio engineers do both the metadata for preservation and
>> restoration of the audio *and* the cataloguing?
>> 4) Does your institution have a 'team' of cataloguers who do the actual
>> cataloguing about the content of the audio/audiovisual?
>> We are a relatively small archive based over two centres. One has 2
>> cataloguers and one audio engineer, the other has 2 cataloguers and
>> audio engineers.