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Archives are housed by sniffy folks-Nigel in Euston Rd. new BIRS kept me
downstairs phone link only-no wonder Scots think English are wankers after I
came from Harare to do Gaelic 78 research.

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 6:13 PM, Nigel Barrett
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> You'll be lucky if Nichol;as Carolan replies in Dublin as he is often too
> busy but ge's been useful in the past-Paletine Germans in Ireland linked to
> an old 78.
> Nigel Barrett
>   On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:50 PM, Prentice, Will <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
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>> **Apologies for cross-posting**
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>> Many, perhaps most archives, museums and libraries in the UK & Ireland
>> hold audio materials within their collections, often containing unique
>> material. Very often audiovisual material will come to a repository as
>> part of a larger collection, requiring distinct resources in the form of
>> equipment and expertise. All archives face challenges as to how they
>> might actively preserve audiovisual collections for the long term, and
>> how best to provide access to them. Many media are degrading on the
>> shelves, while others are becoming unplayable due to obsolescence of
>> equipment. All deserve to be preserved, but in a rapidly changing
>> technological environment it can be hard to form a strategy, especially
>> for repositories where audio materials account for a small percentage of
>> holdings and specialisation lies elsewhere.
>>
>> British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) is a new forum in which to discuss
>> such issues. Membership currently covers a wide range of experience,
>> from individuals and regional or specialist collections to national
>> institutions, including the British Library, the BBC and RTE. If you are
>> aware of audio material but are unsure what to do next, you are
>> especially welcome. Our discussion list allows members to share
>> knowledge on all aspects of audio archiving, and questions range from
>> general to specific, from seemingly simple to complex. Our annual
>> meetings feature a mix of reports from local archives, current research
>> and practical workshops on working with audio media. They also offer a
>> chance to meet and make contact with others responsible for audio
>> heritage, ask questions on all audio-related topics and share
>> experiences.
>>
>> Membership of BISA is currently free, and you are warmly invited to
>> join, via www.bisa-web.org/. All those based in the Anglo-Celtic
>> Archipelago (ok then, British Isles) with a professional or demonstrable
>> interest in the issues above are welcome to join, take advantage of our
>> online discussion list and attend annual meetings. Our next meeting will
>> be held at the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, Winchester, Hampshire on
>> 5th and 6th June, where in addition to a full programme of speakers
>> there will be a workshop covering all aspects of caring for and working
>> with audio cassettes. Full programme and registration details are on our
>> website.
>>
>> Will
>> ..............................................
>> Will Prentice
>> Technical Services
>> British Library Sound Archive   Tel: +44 (0)20-7412-7443
>> 96 Euston Road                       Fax: +44 (0)20-7412-7416
>> London  NW1 2DB                 http://www.bl.uk
>> UK                                          http://cadensa.bl.uk (online
>> catalogue)
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