Today is World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

IU FILMS copyToday is World Day for Audio Visual Heritage, and it’s the tenth time UNESCO has organized and encouraged events to foster the preservation of moving-image materials and archives.

The first World Day for Audio Visual Heritage took place in 2006, and you can see what the original intent was in a video clip about it.

AMIA – the US-based, international Association of Moving Image Archivists – has sent out a list of activities organized this year by AMIA member organizations.

Among them, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Reference Library is this evening presenting what it calls an “eclectic programme of Canadian film rarities hand-picked by library staff from our impressively diverse collection.”

Indiana University’s Moving Image Archive is presenting 13 recently digitized educational films and local TV ads about oil exploration, which are available online.

AVPreserve and NEDCC is presenting their report, Quantifying the Need: A Survey of Existing Sound Recordings in Collections in the United States. The report, funded by the Mellon Foundation, assesses holdings in institutional collections throughout the United States, prompted by The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan, which called for the appraisal of collections and their preservation needs of sound-recording collections around the country.

The Minnesota Historical Society has an oral history library preserving immigrants & refugees’ stories in Minnesota.

WGBH and the Library of Congress is launching its American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Reading Room. It collects contributions from more than 100 public media organizations across the country that are now available for streaming on the Archive’s website. The programming dates from the 1940s to the 2010s and comes from around the country.

civil servant copyOn 7 November 2015, New York University Student Chapter of AMIA is holding special screenings at the New York Public Library.

The event has a Facebook page with more details. UNESCO also has a home page about World Day for Audio Visual Heritage; it exemplifies the pleasures of preservation with an 18-minute video clip from the 1960s about the “international public servant.”


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