We have prepared a series of 4 hour-long webinars with the help of the British Library which we will be running periodically on Zoom until May 2022. This training is free and open to anyone working in a gallery, museum, archive or library in the North West region.
You can sign up for all four or just the ones you are interested in. Our aim is to increase confidence in the sector to deal with the sound media in our collections. The next series is scheduled for Tuesdays at 2-3pm on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22st of February. We will post an Eventbrite link here soon.
1. Planning and collection preparation
In this session you will learn how to audit your collection and the basics of evaluating options to work towards an audio preservation strategy for your service. We will discuss the decision to outsource digitisation or do it yourself, and introduce format identification. A good place to start when considering auditing your sound collections is to read the description of the British Library’s methodology for producing the UK Sound Directory. You can read the British Library guide Getting Your Sound Collections Digitised – the First Steps.
2. Digitisation and care of formats
In this session you will learn more about assessing, storing and handling different formats:
And about the principles of digitisation focusing on tape reel and cassette formats:
We have produced an introduction to the basics of audio and a comprehensive guide to audio carrier identification and preservation. We have also produced detailed process documents for the digitisation and transfer of:
You can also read British Library guides on:
- Storage for sound collections
- Long term storage of digital audio files
- Disaster prevention and recovery of audio collections
- How to ID care for your sound collection
In this session we will cover how the UOSH hubs catalogued sound recordings from audio and existing documentation and how you can adapt this for your repository or project. You will get tips about how to incorporate catalogue descriptions of sound recordings into your own collections management system.
We are currently looking at mapping from Excel to other systems. Here is an example for CALM, showing one recording in a spreadsheet and in the CALM tree structure, along with a table showing the fields and MARC21 codes.
You can read a British Library guide to cataloguing sound recordings.
Check out our cataloguing zine.
4. Rights and online use
In this session you will be given an overview of how copyright and data protection legislation affects sound recordings and some demonstrations showing you how to provide access to your sound archives onsite and online. You can read British Library guides on copyright and data protection for sound archives.
Handouts and support
You will receive British Library handouts and our slides after each session including learning points and links for further reading. We are happy to help with follow-up enquiries after the course as you start to work with your sound archives. If you don’t want to attend the training but need some advice please get in touch.
Blogs showing UOSH processes
Free Open University course including interactive modules on early revolutions in sound recording:
Digital preservation resources from The National Archives and the Digital Preservation Coalition:
From the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA):
- The Safeguarding of the Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy
- Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects
- Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers
- IASA-TC 06 Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings
- Ethical Principles for Sound and Audiovisual Archives