The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message.


The 49th annual ARSC Conference will be held May 27-30, 2015 at the Westin
Convention Center Hotel, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The
conference is hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

The city offers many attractions including the Carnegie Science Center,
Heinz History Center, Duquesne Incline, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh,
National Aviary, Bayernhof Music Museum, and the Frick Art and Historical
Center. Historic Kennywood amusement park is about a 35-minute drive from
the hotel. For distinctive local flavor, Pittsburgh's historic Strip
District, named for its narrow confines between the Allegheny River and
Grant's Hill, is just one mile from the hotel. Great cultural offerings
found here include the famous Saturday Farmers Market, plus intriguing
ethnic and specialty shopping, and tempting local cuisine.

A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSC conference attendees at a
special rate of $139 (plus 14 percent tax) for a standard room with one king
or two double beds, single or double occupancy. Contracted dates at the
Westin are May 26 until May 30 (with Sunday departure). ARSC group rates
will be honored three days prior (Memorial Day weekend) and three days after
these dates, subject to availability.

The deadline to make reservations at the Westin is May 5, 5:00 p.m. EDT. You
are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as early as possible,
since all rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a room, follow the reservation instructions at:

Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by May 6 is
$160 for ARSC members, $185 for non-members, $75 for student members, and
$85 for non-member students. Single-day registration is also available.

For online registration:

For further details about the conference:

For general information about the conference, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss,
Conference Manager: [log in to unmask]

To discuss or arrange sponsorship, exhibits, or advertising, contact Curtis
Peoples, Assistant Conference Manager: [log in to unmask] 

ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in
all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.
Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers talks and
sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.

Scheduled presentations include:

-- Marty Ashby: Jazz in Pittsburgh
-- Bill Doggett: Billy Strayhorn: A Portrait of an Iconic Pittsburgh Native
-- Dennis D. Rooney: Early Years and Reiner/PSO Columbia Recordings
-- Susan Hooyenga: Sound Directions at Indiana University: What Exactly Did
We Preserve?
-- Marcos Sueiro Bal: Factors in Audio Extraction
-- Brewster Kahle: Building Shared Music Libraries 
-- Brian Harnetty: Archival Ethnography and the Berea Appalachian Sound
-- David Giovannoni, Rebecca Feynberg, John Levin, and Nicholas Bergh:
Recent Developments in Cylinder Audio Preservation
-- Chris Lacinak, Mike Casey, & Patrick Feaster: New Developments &
Applications for Surveying & Inventorying Collections
-- Ward Marston & George Blood: Art & Science of Speed & Stylus Size in
Acoustic Recordings
-- George Blood: You Know You Want It: An Introduction to Quality Control,
Assurance, & Testing
-- Peter Alyea: The IRENE System
-- Tim Brooks: Copyright Update
-- Sam Brylawski: ARSC Guides the Way: Fulfilling the Recommendations of the
National Recording Preservation Plan

On Thursday evening, music film historian Mark Cantor is thrilled to present
a program of performance clips highlighting new film discoveries and
restorations, as well as films featuring musicians active on the Pittsburgh
music scene.  Mark is the curator of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film
Archive, one of the nation's largest collections of 16mm films that focuses
on American popular music and dance. 

Many of the films that will be shared in the ARSC presentation have not been
screened in years, if not decades. While the focus will be jazz, other
genres of music -- country music and Western Swing, blues, vaudeville, jazz
dance, and pop -- will also be generously represented.  

On Friday evening, be sure to bring your technical questions to "Ask the
Technical Committee."

The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:

Your archive or library has an important collection of audio recordings, and
you've come up with a project to process it. You're thinking of writing a
grant to help fund the project, but you're not sure how to begin.

On May 27, the Education and Training Committee is presenting a
pre-conference workshop that will help you find answers to all your
questions. This day-long workshop can help you understand and find your way
through the complicated and complex world of writing grant proposals and
completing a grant-funded project. The workshop includes an afternoon tour
of The MediaPreserve. Bus transportation will be provided.

ARSC is offering this workshop in a live-streaming, online version for those
who are unable to attend in person. An archived version will be made
available to all registrants, for a limited time.

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. The in-person workshop
is limited to 50 participants. For more information, see:
or contact Karen Fishman, [log in to unmask], or Aaron Bittel,
[log in to unmask]

On May 27, the ARSC Technical Committee presents its Audiotape Playback
Workshop. Do you deal with analog reel-to-reel tape? This hands-on workshop
will get you rolling on best practices related to audiotape handling,
identification, and playback. A lecture on the history and principles of
magnetic recording will cover the theoretical basis. A hands-on session with
experienced engineers will show you how to identify and play back audio tape
on the beautiful Studer decks at The MediaPreserve. New this year: Advanced
techniques in our "Experts' Room." This workshop is limited to 16

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. For more information,
or contact Marcos Sueiro Bal, Technical Committee Co-Chair:
[log in to unmask]

ARSC invites first-time conference attendees and conference veterans to
participate in the Conference Mentoring Program during the conference. The
program pairs newcomers with long-time members, based on their shared
interests. Mentors provide mentees with an orientation to the conference,
the association, and its participants in informal meetings over the course
of the conference. 

Please note: Only ARSC veterans who are committed to the mentoring program
should volunteer.
Mentors and mentees must be able to attend the newcomer orientation and
welcoming gathering on May 27, 6:30-7 p.m.

For more information, visit:
or contact Sara Velez: [log in to unmask]

The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards
Banquet, preceded by a Happy Hour. Winners of the 2014 ARSC Awards for
Excellence, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service awards,
and the finalists for the 2015 Awards for Excellence will be honored.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals --
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.