The following message has been posted by the Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). If you have any questions, please click on the link or e-mail addresses below. Please DO NOT simply hit REPLY or post further messages to this list. ---ARSC PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 2006--- The ARSC Education and Training Committee, with support from the University of Washington Libraries' Kenneth S. Allen Library Endowment, presents "A Tutorial on the Preservation of Audio in the Digital Domain." The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, in the Bainbridge Room of the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington. This tutorial workshop covers the basics of preserving audio in the digital domain, addressing difficult issues concerning equipment, technical metadata, and storage. Archivists, librarians, and collection managers -- anyone who works with archival sound recordings -- will receive guidance on formulating solid digital-preservation strategies, and a greater understanding of the issues involved in working effectively with IT personnel, audio engineers, and others pursuing the preservation endeavor. The workshop consists of four sequential sessions: 1. Introduction: How We Got from ARSC/AAA to IASA TC-04 This initial session discusses the conceptual shift in preservation strategy that began around 1990 and continues today. Setting the stage for the rest of the workshop, this introductory overview traces the history of the critical paradigm shift, while outlining the basic principles of ARSC/AAA and IASA TC-04. Presented by Mike Casey (Associate Director for Recording Services, Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University). 2. Computers, Converters, Cards, and Cables: Equipment Considerations for Signal Capture in the Digital Domain This session focuses on the selection of computers and digitization equipment, emphasizing the accurate capture of analog source material. Options examined encompass the wide variety of source material, budgets, and digitization requirements that exist across archives holding audio collections. Presented by Konrad Strauss (Director, Recording Arts Department, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). 3. Technical Metadata for Audio Preservation This presentation explores the collection of technical metadata for audio preservation. It features a demonstration of software applications designed for documenting characteristics of the source recording and the digitizing process. David Ackerman (Audio Preservation Engineer, Archive of World Music, Harvard University; and Chair of the Audio Engineering Society Working Group that developed two emerging standards in this area) leads the session. Reports on implementing and localizing the AES-standard practices will be given by: Sara Velez (Assistant Chief, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, New York Public Library) and Mike Casey (Associate Director for Recording Services, Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University). 4. Storage Solutions and Data Management The final workshop session provides an overview of storage technology and explores storage solutions suitable for small archives and for larger institutions. Related data management issues will be examined. Presented by John Spencer (President, Bridge Media Solutions Inc.) and Jon Dunn (Associate Director for Technology, Digital Library Program, Indiana University Libraries). The Workshop Registration Fee is not included in the Conference Registration Fee. Early workshop registration (postmarked by April 24) is $70 for ARSC members, $80 for non-members, and $30 for students. After that date, registration is $80 for ARSC members, $95 for non-members, and $35 for students. Detailed information about the workshop can be found at: http://www.arsc-audio.org/workshop2006.html. Please direct all workshop-related questions to the Co-Chairs of the Education and Training Committee: Nancy Seeger: [log in to unmask], 202-707-5494; Sara Velez: [log in to unmask], 212-870-1662.