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Program National Recording Preservation Board

Preservation

In December of 2012, the Library of Congress published its National Recording Preservation Plan devised to provide a blueprint to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program," as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.

The plan and other information related to audio preservation can be found at this site.

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    The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan

    The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program," as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Congress specified that the program established by the Librarian of Congress under this legislation "shall ... increase accessibility of sound recordings for educational purposes." Preserved recordings can benefit the public only if they are made available for listening. Technological, institutional, and legal impediments to broadened access create daunting challenges for the national preservation effort. This plan identifies the audio field's most important preservation and access problems and offers recommendations for surmounting them.

    Download the report (PDF, 1.21 MB)

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    Initial Study for the National Recording Preservation Plan (Completed 2010)

    As mandated by National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, in 2010, the Library of Congress completed its study "The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age." Its intent was to compile a snapshot of the state of the nation's recorded sound legacy.

    Download study (PDF, 4.32 MB)

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    ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation

    The "Guide to Audio Preservation" is a co-publication of ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) and the Library of Congress, it was made possible through funding from the Recording Board, along with contributions from CLIR and an anonymous donor. This 200+ page publication is a primer for the non-specialist (collectors, archivists at universities, libraries and historical societies) to help them manage their collections of audio recordings.

    Download guide external link (PDF, 4.32 MB)

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    The Orrin G. Hatch — Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act: A Guide for Sound Recordings Collectors

    Passed by Congress in 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch – Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act constitutes some of the most significant legislative reforms to American copyright law in 20 years. Among many provisions, the legislation fundamentally reshapes music licensing and the legal status of sound recordings made before 1972, bringing these recordings under federal copyright law for the first time.

    This report looks at the Music Modernization Act from the perspective of libraries and archives.  It clearly explains each section of the law it as it applies to curators of recordings and provides a thorough summary of the legislation and its implementation. It will serve to guide holders of recordings in their efforts to preserve sound recordings and make them accessible through digital streaming.

    Download report (PDF, 1.81MB)