Digitizing Analog Audio Resources

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Digital audio is a well-established technology and analog audio playback capabilities are rapidly disappearing. How will libraries and archives with aging audio collections navigate this transition and preserve their sonic treasures? This one-day workshop outlines the challenges for libraries as they transfer their analog audio resources to newer digital technologies.

Topics include:

  • Analog audio carriers: their identification and characteristics
  • Audio collection surveys
  • Properties of analog and digital sound
  • Equipment requirements for playback and digitization
  • Audio digitization guidelines
  • Files for archiving and access
  • Metadata
  • Working with audio vendors
Learning Objectives: 
  • Recognize that for audio, digitization is preservation
  • Identify common analog carriers and recognize potential avenues of deterioration
  • Identify possible risks in playing carriers
  • Understand the role of collection surveys in prioritizing audio materials for preservation
  • Define properties of analog sound and outline how it is converted to digital audio
  • Describe components required for digitizing audio from different audio carriers
  • Review copyright laws pertaining to sound recordings
  • Discuss metadata requirements for digitized audio
Target Audience: 
Library and technical staff new to digital audio
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Session Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
Continuing Education Credit
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