Hello ARSC folks,
This is a long time coming as I've been following the list for several years now and have been a member for two. As most of you know, Duke and Durham are just down the road from Chapel Hill and it's exciting to have the conference coming to our neck of the woods. I'm looking forward to meeting people, and especially talking to others who are doing A/V digitization work for libraries, universities, and other cultural heritage institutions. I'm certainly interested in the technical side, but also interested in how your departments are structured and where they sit within larger institutional structures; the scope, classification, and job titles of your positions (partially selfish motivation as my job will soon be "re-banded" and redefined); and how you've grown and expanded your Digitization/Digital Collections programs. At Duke Libraries, we've really only begun investing in audio and video digitization within the past several years and are very much still in the growth stage.
Now, a couple plugs for things attendees might want to check out while in town:
For music collectors, CD Alley (on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill) and All Day Records (Main St. in Carrboro) are both excellent shops dealing in new and used records, CD's, tapes, books, etc.
On Thursday evening, Nightlight Bar & Club (Rosemary St., Chapel Hill) is hosting a night of American Primitive/psych-folk guitar.
Should be a good time and good sounds (full disclosure: I'm one of the performers). Hope to see some adventurous folks out there!
Digital Production Center
Duke University Libraries
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