Livestreaming from #AMIA17

Posted on December 1, 2017

We’ll be livestreaming sessions Friday afternoon from AMIA 2017!


2:00pm – 3:00pm
Nontheatrical Film & Race: Recent Archival-Scholarly Collaborations

  • Allyson Nadia Field, University of Chicago
  • Walter Forsberg, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Marsha Gordon, North Carolina State University
  • Martin L. Johnson,The Catholic University of America
  • Todd Wiener, UCLA Film & Television Archive

In this panel archivists and scholars present recent collaborative work surrounding nontheatrical film and race. As models for future projects, emphasis is on strategies for successful archival-scholarly collaboration. Martin Johnson will present on the archival strategies of three collections of African American filmmakers from the 20s and 30s, Walter Forsberg will discuss the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Hortense Beveridge collection, Todd Wiener will present on the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and the preservation efforts around a film about an African American trans woman in mid-1960s Los Angeles, and Marsha Gordon will discuss student films made at USC in the 60s and 70s about race in Los Angeles.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
AV Archiving in the Cultural Heritage Sector: Defining Core Competencies

  • Edward Benoit, III, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
  • Karen F. Gracy, School of Information, Kent State University
  • Janet Ceja, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
  • Snowden Becker,Department of Information Studies, UCLA
  • Adam Schutzman, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Archives that hold A/V materials are at a critical point, with many cultural heritage institutions needing to take immediate action to safeguard at-risk media formats before the content they contain is lost forever. Yet, many in the cultural heritage communities do not have sufficient education and training in how to handle the special needs that A/V archive materials present. In the summer of 2015, a handful of archive educators ​and students ​formed a pan-institutional group to help foster “educational opportunities in audiovisual archiving for those engaged in the cultural heritage sector.” The AV Competency Framework Working Group ​is developing a set of competencies for audiovisual archive training of students in graduate level education programs and in continuing education settings. In this panel, core members of the working group will discuss the main goals of the project and the progress that has been made on it thus far.


4:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Get ‘Em While They’re Young: We Save 2 Film Workshop Overview

  • Elena Rossi-Snook, The New York Public Library
  • Alex Whelan, Pratt Institute Libraries

In the Fall of 2017, the AMIA Film Advocacy Task Force in collaboration with The New York Public Library produced a three-day film workshop designed to engage middle-school children in a consideration of motion pictures as an academic exercise, as a science and technology,  as a tactile art-making enterprise and as an archival medium.  The goal was to inspire young people from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds at a critical time in their development to think about careers in film-associated fields which are, at this point, challenged by a lack of diversity and inclusion while also serving formal curricular goals in Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).  Come find out how the workshop went and offer input on how to modify the structure and curriculum so that it can be reproduced in a variety of locations throughout the U.S.


5:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Making for Audiovisual Archives

  • John Passmore, New York Public Radio

In this presentation, archivist John Passmore will talk about his experiences applying maker technologies to workflows specific to audiovisual archiving and preservation. Archivists will learn how to plan, design, and build a maker-type project using available knowledge bases. John will cover how to procure materials, produce and test parts, and leverage knowledge bases from standards bodies, maker communities, hobbyists, and other archivists. This is panel is appropriate for enthusiastic beginners and experienced archivists alike.