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Program National Recording Preservation Plan

Radio Preservation Task Force

The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), created early in 2014, grows out of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (December 2012, see:, and seeks to:

  1. To support collaboration between faculty researchers and archivists toward the preservation of radio history
  2. To develop an online inventory of extant American radio archival collections, focusing on recorded sound holdings, including research aids
  3. To identify and save endangered collections
  4. To develop pedagogical guides for utilizing radio and sound archives
  5. To act as a clearing house to encourage and expand academic study on the cultural history of radio through the location of grants, the creation of research caucuses, and development of metadata on extant materials

For more information about the Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, to be held February 25, 26, and 27th, 2016, please visit External

Task Force Directors


Josh Shepperd
The Catholic University of America


Christopher H. Sterling
George Washington University
Chair, National Recording Preservation Board

RPTF Chair

Michele Hilmes
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Metadata Directors

Cynthia Meyers
College of Mt. St. Vincent

William Vanden Dries
Indiana University

Development Director

Shawn Vancour

Communications Director

Christine Ehrick
University of Louisville

Network Directors

Neil Verma
Northwestern University

Amanda Keeler

Education Director

Allison Perlman
University of California-Irvine

Spanish Language/Bilingual Director

Inés Casillas
UC-Santa Barbara

Graduate Student Representative

Laura LaPlaca
Northwestern University

Preservation Director

Derek Vaillant
University of Michigan

Grants Director

Jenny Doctor
University of Cincinnati

Partnerships and Collaborations

Contact the Task Force

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