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Works in Progress Webinar: Approaches to Processing Audiovisual Archives for Improved Access and Preservation Planning

Join us to learn about the University of Houston Special Collections’ approach to addressing a backlog of under-described archival audiovisual materials to increase accessibility and better advocate and plan for digitization projects.

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Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist, University of Houston


Audiovisual (A/V) materials present a unique challenge in the archival setting. Historically, these materials have often been under-described with little detail related to content, format, or condition. With clear evidence that A/V archival materials are particularly susceptible to physical degradation and increasing obsolescence of playback equipment, gaining intellectual control of these collections to plan for digitization is vital.  

This webinar will explain UH’s “enhanced for A/V” minimal processing mindset utilized to survey all A/V materials held by UH Special Collections, and ongoing efforts to create a standard practice for A/V materials in archival collections as they are acquired to ensure proper storage. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the impact this approach has had on continuing efforts to preserve and make available A/V collections at UH.

This webinar will be of interest to archivists and collection managers with backlogs of audiovisual holdings, and those rethinking their approach to processing A/V in archival collections.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


29 April 2020


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]