April 15, 2003 Library of Congress and the University of Texas To Host Symposium on Sound Preservation
Conference Scheduled for July 24-26 in Austin, Tex.
Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate and the Preservation and Conservation Studies Program of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, realizing the growing need for a national forum on audio preservation, are sponsoring a symposium on "Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections."
The symposium, which is co-sponsored by the National Recording Preservation Board and the Association of Research Libraries, will be held July 24-26 in the newly renovated Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center on the University of Texas campus at Austin.
"Sound Savings" will feature talks, demonstrations and exhibits by experts in the field of audio preservation, on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making publicly available digitally reformatted audio recordings. The two-and-a-half-day symposium will explore many of the technical, procedural and practical issues central to preserving and making available sound recordings.
For more information and to register for the symposium, visit the "Saving Sounds" Web site at http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~soundsavings/.
The Library of Congress has the most extensive preservation program in the world. Each year the Library's preservation staff provides conservation treatment to approximately 500,000 items from a collection of more than 126 million items in all formats. The Library's Conservation Division has been a world leader in developing the profession of library conservation, and many innovative treatments have been developed in its laboratory over the years. For additional information on the activities of the Library's Preservation Office, visit the Library's Web site at http://www.loc.gov.