Intro to AV Preservation

4-Week Course Starts FALL 2021

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Course Fee: $175.00 USD

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the long-term care of audiovisual materials. Participants will learn the properties of the major categories of audiovisual materials, how to identify different media, and what their risk factors are. Building on this, the course will delve into working with audiovisual materials in an archival context, including storage, migration/digitization, and collection management. The basic properties of audiovisual files will be outlined, as well as different file formats and codecs for both popular use and for preservation. Overall, participants will gain an outline of audiovisual preservation tasks and issues, with reference to further tools and resources. In-class exercises and written assignments will focus on practical scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the major categories of AV materials and their properties and identify preservation strategies for these materials
• Explain the properties of digital AV files
• Give examples of different digital AV files
• Demonstrate an understanding of digitization workflows
• Locate relevant resources and information

Your Instructor

Carmen Cowick
Carmen Cowick

Carmen Cowick provides training, support, and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.

Carmen has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on TBD It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing discussion, reading, and homework assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for registration?
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment A discussion area is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must complete the following each week:
1. View all video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
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