Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation is a white paper produced through a joint effort between researchers at Indiana and Harvard Universities. According to the authors:
“Each chapter in this document is divided into two major parts: a preservation overview that summarizes key concepts for collection managers and curators, followed by a section intended for audio engineers, digital librarians, and other technical staff that presents recommended technical practices while summarizing our findings and experience.”
Normally this isn’t the type of thing I post here in the back room, but in most of the school systems I work with, technology and media services are lumped into the same department. The district technology director is often responsible for coordinating efforts of what used to be jobs performed by ‘librarians’, along side their IT support staff. The IT staff is the primary support conduit for media personnel who frequently convert their traditional paper and tape collections to digital formats for archival, preservation, and searchability purposes.
The days of the ancient blue haired librarian, hand stamping books checked out by little kids, is a distant memory. Instead of librarians, we now work with ‘media specialists’ who help find and organize information for users, much like a search engine.
The old, dusty library is being replaced with servers full of storage, ready to hold and index all of the world’s digital content. This change does not announce the integration of media and technology, because that delimiting line no longer seems to exist.