Framing the Horizon: What’s Next in Moving Image Archival Education

Posted on December 7, 2016

As part of the 2016 program, the conference offered four curated streams of programming.  Below are presentations from the program stream.  Presentations will be posted as they are received. 

Framing the Horizon:  What’s Next in Moving Image Archival Education

As the film preservation and moving image archival fields look towards the future, it is imperative that we reflect on, analyze, and assess how to best equip the next generation of leaders with the resources and skillsets necessary to tackle myriad issues facing our profession. This curated stream examined various aspects of moving image archival education, formal and otherwise, from the perspective of current and former students, faculty and educators, new professionals, and those in hiring positions. The topic will be investigated from multiple angles, including an examination of pedagogy and instruction, career planning and professional development, case studies involving student-led projects, and most importantly, a critical assessment of the work needed to promote diversity in the discipline via actionable efforts aimed at increasing accessibility for minority groups and non-traditional students. These are matters of central importance not just to those entrenched in academia or starting out in their careers, but also to every AMIA member; and, our attention to the same will ultimately impact the direction, long term success, and sustainability of our respective institutions, and the continued preservation of, and access to, moving image collections.  Topics included:

  • Building an Infrastructure for Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation Education in the Americas
  • AMIA Student Chapter Roundtable
  • The Listening Room: A Conversation on Diversity
  • Tomorrow’s Moving Image Archivists
  • The New Old Curriculum: Why 20th Century Archiving Techniques Matter in the 21st Century

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 The New Old Curriculum: Why 20th Century Archiving Techniques Matter in the 21st Century

Lily Troia, College of William and Mary
Dino Everett, University of Southern California
Tara Kelley, Rutgers University
Alexander Whelan, Pratt Institute
Jennifer Jenkins, Arizona University

This session addresses the need to incorporate film-related skills and best practices into formal archive education curricula.  These skills, rather than being minor or specialist in nature, are crucial to success in professional moving image archiving: every archive has or works with film! By developing skills in film handling, preservation, conservation and appreciation, students, as emerging professionals, can confidently address the needs of an archive’s film holdings without having to secure an outside vendor.  Sponsored by the AMIA Film Advocacy Task Force.