Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ruby slippers

We all know whose slippers-Dorothy's. $300,000 has been raised to preserve Dorothy's ruby slippers in the Smithsonian. 5,300 supporters from 41 countries pitched in. It's the Smithsonian's first kickstarter campaign. You can read about it here  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37754079  

There's also a much more interesting article with cool images and a good explanation of their fragility and a glimpse of the conservation center in the Smithsonian magazine.  The slippers in the Smithsonian are actually a mismatched pair being a 1/2 size different from each other. There were several pairs made, including one with curly toes. One pair was taken to MGM for auction by Kent Warner. The others he stuffed in a bag. He took other iconic pieces as well including Dorothy's dress and clothes and shoes of iconic import from other films. A second pair of Dorothy's shoes were given away as a prize to Roberta Jeffries. They are now owned by a private collector. A third pair was stolen from The Judy Garland Museum. Warner's pair went to L. DiCaprio and S. Spielberg and will be displayed at the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The Smithsonian will create a special display case so Dorothy's slippers will last as long as possible. Here's that Smithsonian article online. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruby-slippers-take-center-stage-kickstarter-campaign-180960760/

National Archives (NARA) Motion Picture Preservation Lab is hiring two Motion Picture Preservation Technicians.

The National Archives (NARA) Motion Picture Preservation Lab is hiring two Motion Picture Preservation Technicians.  The application period runs from 10/24/16 - 11/4/16.

In this position the employees will perform duties associated with inspection and repair of motion picture records, digitizing original archival motion picture holdings, managing digital surrogates and derivatives, creating technical and administrative metadata, producing physical media copies and preserving motion pictures.

Typical work assignments include:
  • Inspecting incoming and permanent motion picture holdings related to long-term motion picture preservation and digitization projects.
  • Working with a wide range of motion picture records, such as nitrate, acetate, polyester, black-and-white, color and originals and duplicates.
  • Creating administrative and technical metadata to document the digitization process.
  • Operating various equipment for the purpose of repair and/or motion picture conservation, such as synchronizers, splicers, scanners, audio/video digitization systems, color/correction editing software or outboard processors.
  • Using customer service skills to interact with a wide range of NARA personnel (e.g., archivists, managers and specialists).
Interested applicants should apply through USAJobs - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/454181200/
Criss Kovac
Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend tech mess

The big news over the weekend in tech was the huge DOS attack that knocked out Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, SoundCloud, PayPal and other popular sites via thousands of devices like remote home surveillance cameras. Most users hadn't changed the default passwords from the factories. Who was behind the attack is still unverified. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37750798  Change your password! This type of attack will only continue. Sigh.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Clarke joins national film inventory site

As part of our ongoing film project in the Clarke, processing student Jen Bentley and I are entering some of our films into the AVCC, an open source web application for rapid inventory of film, video and audio materials. AVCC was developed with funding from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, the Metro NY Library Resource Council and the NY State Documentary Heritage Program. The plan is to inventory film, video and audio materials in production-based, archival, and other collections of unpublished media which are hard to access, uncataloged or not even inventoried. Also, it registers films which are suffering preservation issues, as so many are. 

We have films in numerous collections. Tressa and I completed processing, identifying, rehousing and cataloging of non-Channel 9 & 10 films. SK and Jen and I are still working on all those verbs for Channel 9 & 10 films.  I think it is an excellent idea to register the films in AVCC for wider discoverability.  I opened a free account for the Clarke and for each film we will fill in a template for each film we register.  This is an important step in getting the Clarke acknowledged as holding films of interest at the state and national level and providing accessibility to a broader audience. 

First, we added the 8mm and 16mm films in the Joe De Bolt collection documenting CMU Vietnam Moratorium student protests. The films are part of the Joe De Bolt Central Michigan University Vietnam Moratorium Committee Records, 1967,1983.
The films are described in the Centra catalog record here

The films now appear under the heading of the Clarke.  

Here is how the films actually look

De Bolt 8mm

and cover off



beautifully cored

 We've also added two  CMU. Films collection films documenting 1944 Homecoming and 1960s Homecoming and football events. The link to the catalog record is here 

Jen and I both have to work together to add each film as we need to add additional information beyond what Tressa and I documented. We prioritized non-Channel 9 &10 films that we believe are of value to CMU, MI and nationally. As we finish processing, identifying, and rehousing Channel 9 &10 films we note which films are of particular interest to CMU, MI and nationally. These will be our next top priority to add to the national inventory.

We will not add all the films to the inventory. In most cases an example is part of a larger collection and the inventory information will lead interested researchers to those collections and additional films.

There is also a review of the AVCC site in the American Archivists reviews portal  here https://reviews.americanarchivist.org/2016/08/01/avcc/

Lastly thanks to Matthew Wilcox at  MSU Archives who has collaborated with us about film and informed me about the inventory site.