Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections

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Author: Vincent Pelote
Date: Oct. 2008
From: Library Resources & Technical Services(Vol. 52, Issue 4)
Publisher: American Library Association
Document Type: Book review
Length: 960 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections. Ed. Judith Matz. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, 2004. 158p. $45.00 softcover (ISBN 1-59407-663-4).

Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections is a compendium of papers that were presented at the symposium of the same name held in Austin, Texas, July 24-26, 2003. The symposium was co-sponsored by the School of Information, Preservation and Conservation Studies, University of Texas at Austin, the Library of Congress (LC), the National Recording Preservation Board, and the Association of Research Libraries. For two-and-a-half days, experts on many facets of audio preservation gave presentations on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making digitized audio available to the public. The attendees came from across the United States, and most represented audio collections housed in universities and colleges. They came seeking information on how to best deal with the deteriorating tapes and lacquer discs that have become a part of almost every institution housing a large sound archive. I attended the symposium representing the Institute of Jazz studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and found the gathering very helpful at the time. Reading the papers five years later, I was struck by how much from that symposium is still relevant today.

"Review of Audio Collection Preservation Trends and Challenges" was presented by Samuel Brylawski, at the time head of the Recorded Sound Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division...

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