I just wanted to chime in and say that this survey tool developed by Marcos 
is fantastic - detailed, useful, and a fantastic addition to the resources 
available to the audio/video/time-based-media archiving communities.  

I'm very excited to use this on the next phase of our archival project here 
at the Y, as we begin to prioritize items for digitization and cataloguing 
for the coming year.

Thanks Marcos for helping to create such a darn useful thing for all of us 
to use!

dave nolan
92nd Street Y

On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 11:52:12 -0400, <Marcos Sueiro Bal> 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Columbia University Libraries
>Audio and Moving Image Survey Tool
>Now Available
>(NEW YORK, June 2008) Columbia University Libraries has developed and
>tested a tool to inventory and assess the physical condition of audio
>and moving image materials. The Preservation Survey Tool for Audio and
>Moving Image Collections and the accompanying instruction manual are
>now available for download to anyone interested in surveying a
>collection at
>This survey tool is designed for use by librarians and archivists who
>are not media experts.  It provides a mechanism to develop
>preservation priorities by recording quantities and types of audio and
>moving image materials, documenting the physical condition of the
>media and their housings, collecting information about existing levels
>of intellectual control and intellectual property rights, and
>evaluating their potential research value.
>Applicable either to an item-by-item inventory or a random-sample
>survey, the survey tool allows for but does not require collection of
>a great deal of detail about each item. Most fields provide drop-down
>menus to minimize keying and to assure consistent use of vocabulary.
>Technical terminology is based on that used by the Audio Engineering
>Society, Association of Moving Image Archivists, and other relevant
>Survey-wide and collection-specific reports can be generated, as well
>as lists of collections ranked by research importance and degree of
>physical damage, and lists of the different media.
>Funding to design the survey was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon 
>Marcos Sueiro Bal