Funny you should mention that. I second. What we did was have a field in
the catalog that described media type and condition (like new, broken,
brittle, etc). What I am working on at the moment to distribute among
archivists here is a sort of media guide to help them identify media. I
get calls from time to time that are like"I am holding a cassette that I
don't recognize". So I ask for any letters or numbers (like kca-60 or
lc-90) to help them out.
On 3/2/2010 7:23 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> 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
>>> 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.