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---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.