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

Posted on July 22, 2016

As part of the 2016 program, the conference offers four curated streams of programming.  The streams are indicated in the program.

FTH:  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 will examine 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.

Bryce Roe, Simmons College/AVPreserve
Lily Troia, Simmons College/American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Curation/Stream Organization Team
Hanna Soltys, Simmons College/formerly with the Chicago Film Festival
Rachel E. Beattie, University of Toronto Media Commons Media Archive/AMIA Diversity Committee
Dinah Handel, NDSR CUNY-TV


Saturday November 12



Saturday, November 12 | 9:45am
FTH: Building an Infrastructure for Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation Education in the Americas


  • Rachel E Beattie, University of Toronto


  • Janet Ceja, Simmons College
  • Gloria Diez, ASAECA (Argentine Association of Film and Audiovisual Studies)
  • Pamela Vizner, Second Run Media Preservation / Universidad de Chile
  • Paolo Tosini, Independent Film Restorer
  • Julieta Keldjian, Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
  • Isabel Wschebor, Universidad de la Republica del Uruguay

Examinations of the development of moving image archival and preservation educational programs have been dominated by the United States and Europe, and historically educational efforts outside of the aforementioned areas haven’t been included in these discussions. This session will focus on diversity in educational methodologies and environments being used in the field, featuring participants from Latin America, Canada, and the U.S, and including topics such as academic instruction in audio-visual and digital preservation, collection management, inclusive pedagogy, and oral history, experience with online classes and instructional technology, plus opportunities provided by independent courses, institutional partnerships, workshop series, fellowships, and residencies. The session will also explore assessment of educational efforts, development of measurable outcomes, and leveraging of the profession’s multidisciplinary background, and focus on future needs of the profession and current gaps in educational access and approaches.


Saturday, November 12 |11:00am
FTH: AMIA Student Chapter Roundtable


  • Hanna Soltys, Simmons College


  • Cate Henderson, McGill University
  • Ayshea Khan, University of Texas, Austin
  • Nicolette Khan, University of Texas, Austin
  • Jen O’Leary, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Harry Eskin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Luke Moses, New York University
  • E Molly Seegers, Pratt University
  • Bryce Roe, University of Massachusetts,  Dartmouth

This lightning panel will provide student chapter members an opportunity to share experiences in forming chapters and membership recruitment, conversations on programming, pitfalls, professional development, mentorships, promoting conference involvement and research, and more.


Saturday, November 12 |2:00pm
FTH: The Listening Room: A Conversation on Diversity


  • Ariel Schudson


  • Victoria Johnson, Simmons College
  • Treshani Perara, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Ricardo Iamuuri, Educator/Artist
  • Juana Suarez, Second Run Media Preservation

This session will attempt an honest look at promoting diversity and inclusion in moving image archival education, and the connection of such efforts to decolonizing moving image archives. The session is intended as a community discussion, aimed at maximizing audience involvement and open conversation. Discussions may explore efforts to engage students early on in their careers, the role of social media outreach, assessment and critique of tenure track system impact, economic realities of low or unpaid internships, and the implications of identity categories such as race, gender, and class on moving image archives and archival work, etc..


Saturday, November 12 |3:30pm
FTH: Tomorrow’s Moving Image Archivists


  • Mike Mashon, Library of Congress


  • Siobhan Hagan, National Aquarium
  • Massimo Petrozi, Computer History Museum
  • John Campopiano, Frontline

This session will engage recent graduates, new professionals, and those in hiring positions in a lively conversation that addresses the following questions: Are education programs adequately preparing students for moving image archival work? Are employers connecting with appropriately skilled candidates? How can partnerships with educational institutions and programs of study help to better equip outgoing students with those skills? How can students and new professionals best leverage professional development opportunities? How is the prevalence of unpaid internships and skyrocketing student loan debt impacting the profession? What is the employment outlook for job seekers? What continuing education opportunities are available to moving image archivists? What is the professional growth climate for those looking to eventually move to higher-level positions?


Saturday, November 12 | 4:45pm
FTH: 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.