Video Preservation Training

The Archival Technologies Lab at Queens College, City University of New York, has partnered with the Bay Area Video Coalition on their Community Based Preservation Education and Training Program.
The program addresses both the urgency of preserving higher volumes of audiovisual content, and for broadening the field of preservationists to make it more diverse and inclusive by offering hands-on trainings for beginner to intermediate practitioners.

The program will begin on January 31, 2022, and will run for 6 weeks, with one learning module per week. Each module will feature a task-based assignment, requiring the participant to complete a task using the equipment and materials from the kit, which will be installed at the Archival Technologies Lab site in Rosenthal Library, Queens College. A BAVC instructor will be available for scheduled online “office hours.” This mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning allows for flexibility on the student’s side, while offering structured feedback.

The following learning objectives will be addressed:

● Participants will learn proper handling and care of video tape media and apply this knowledge in order to document, diagnose and repair damaged media.
● Participants will be able to identify, describe, and interpret video playback errors.
● Participants will be comfortable with the operation, cleaning, and basic maintenance of tape playback equipment.
● Participants will be able to measure, adjust, and calibrate video signal levels according technical specifications
● Participants will be comfortable using tools and equipment to identify and measure critical parts of video signal anatomy.
There are four places available on this program. The training is provided free of charge, but students will commit to completing the on site activities and online learning within the six weeks of the program.
All GSLIS students are eligible for this program, but preference will be given to students who have completed LBSCI 733 – Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials.

To apply, send a one page statement of interest to james.lowry [AT] Statements should explain how the training will support the student’s career aspirations, with a focus on positive community outcomes. Applications are due by December 15, 2021.