On July 17-18, the Stanford Media Preservation Lab team welcomed a small group of media preservation professionals from around the region and across the country to our home on the Stanford Redwood City campus for two days of “unconferencing". While Stanford has been a leader in media preservation among academic libraries for over a decade, this was our first time hosting a community-oriented event with the goal of advancing our collective work: to ensure ongoing, long-term access to audiovisual recordings of all kinds in the interest of scholarly research, artistic continuity, and the public good.
Blog topic: Preservation
Conservation Services in Redwood City welcomes new staff member, Ryan Lieu, this week. Ryan will be our Conservation Operations Coordinator (a new position). He'll be managing our logistics, workflow, and tracking as well as helping with documentation, exhibits, and a wide range of other projects including assisting with our move to our new lab across the street next summer.
On Saturday, 28 April 2018, from 1:30-3:30 pm, 41 attendees from the ACS Silicon Valley Section and from Stanford University met at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station (HMS) in Pacific Grove.
For the first hour Dr. Amanda Whitmire, Head Librarian of Hopkins Miller Library and Assistant Director for the Station, covered the history of the Station and a long-term collaborative research project for collecting oceanographic data. Her presentation also included her discovery of this data in the Library and her recent efforts to preserve and provide broader access to this data by having it digitized.
On June 19th 2017, the Stanford Open Policing Project launched its website to provide access to the data collected about police stops around the country and to provide information about research that this data is driving. Stanford Libraries is pleased to be a partner in the long-term preservation of this data, which has been deposited into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).
Caring for our physical and digital collections relies on a dedicated team of experts across the Stanford Libraries. We hope you've enjoyed meeting a few of the people behind our preservation program this week. You can learn more about Preservation Week and find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives on the Preservation Week site.
We are wrapping up our Preservation Week Q&A series today with Elizabth Ryan, Conservator in Conservation Services.
Our Preservation Week Q&A series turns its focus on Conservation Services today. The Conservation Services team plays a primary role in the care of library collections. Conservators and conservation technicians treat, stabilize, and house collection items in support of patron use, digitization projects, and exhibition loans. Last year, they repaired 881 items and housed 1,806 items. Sarah Newton (right) and Elizabeth Boyne (left) share the responsibility for the collection housing work among the other tasks they describe below.
Read on to learn more about their work!
Our Preservation Week Q&A series continues today with Kam Chan, Systems Administrator in Digital Library Systems and Services. DLSS provides access systems, digitization, and digital preservation for Stanford Libraries. The department collaborates across the Libraries to manage digital resources throughout their lifecycle which relies on the important technical support Kam provides.
Our Preservation Week posts continue today with Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang from the Binding and Finishing unit. Our Binding and Finishing team prepares the general collection print and media materials for shelving, reformatting, and commercial bindery. Their work helps prolong the useful life of our circulating collections. Jeff and Aihua are the most recent full-time additions to this group, joining as permanent staff about six months apart in 2015 and 2016.