Specialists in media preservation visit Syracuse University for three-day event

There are tens of thousands of audio and videotape recordings in storage all over the Syracuse University campus–speeches and lectures, performances, athletic events, WAER and Orange TV programs, original faculty and student research, and archival recordings in the SU Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive and Special Collections Research Center. Many of these tape recordings are rare or unique, and they document sounds and images of significance to the University and to our greater cultural heritage. Professional media specialists predict that such fragile formats have, on average, only about 15 years of playtime left.

Please join us in a series of events focused on media preservation and scholarship. A Syracuse Symposium panel discussion on November 5 from 2–4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library will center on the challenges and looming crisis of media preservation, with perspectives from Mike Casey, Chris Lacinak, and Grace Lile, three leading experts in the field. A Critical Connections Lecture and Mini-Seminar features Tim Brooks G’69 (Newhouse) examining African American artists at the birth of the sound recording industry. His work highlights the impact of media preservation on 21st-century scholarship.

Syracuse Symposium Panel Discussion
Witnessing Archival Preservation: Perspectives on Preserving Tape-based Media Recordings

November 5, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library, First Floor
Reception to follow

Mike Casey, Director of Media Preservation Services, Media Preservation Initiative, Indiana University
Chris Lacinak, Founder and President, AVPreserve
Grace Lile, Director of Operations and Archives, WITNESS

This event is co-sponsored by Syracuse Symposium™ in the SU Humanities Center

Critical Connections Lecture and Mini-Seminar
African Americans and the Birth of the Recording Industry

Public Lecture: November 6, 5:00 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library, First Floor

Mini-Seminar: November 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Lemke Seminar Room SCRC, Bird Library, Sixth Floor

Both events are free and open to the public, however advance registration is required for the mini-seminar. To register, contact Barbara Brooker at bbbrooke@syr.edu or at 315‐443‐9763.

About the speakers

Tim Brooks G’69 (Newhouse) is a former television executive and a researcher of early recording artists and phonograph history. His multi award-winning book, Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919, was the first to document this subject, and the companion CD, Lost Sounds, won a 2007 Grammy award for “Best Historical Release.”

Mike Casey is the Director of Media Preservation Services for Indiana University’s Media Preservation Initiative. He has authored or co-authored a number of vital documents outlining best practices for audio preservation. He authored the “Indiana University Media Preservation Survey” report and was principal author of the follow-up report.

Chris Lacinak founded AVPreserve in 2006 to enable organizations to maximize the usability of their content. He is a former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VidiPax, a moving image and sound preservation reformatting facility. For six years, he taught at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program.

Grace Lile is an archivist with over 20 years’ experience working with film and video collections. Prior to joining WITNESS in 2003, Grace spent nine years at CNN and two years at the Worldwide Television News Archive. Grace is actively engaged in efforts to support human rights archiving and documentation.





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