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unpublished media which are hard to access, uncataloged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
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
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
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
Cassie has concluding her work on MI Supreme Court Justice Weaver's Campaign series. The series is 2 boxes (.75 cu.ft.) processed documenting Weaver's first campaign for MI Supreme Court. During this campaign, Weaver was a judge in the Appellate Court.
Now Cassie is beginning to process three dimensional objects related to Leonard Oil Co. There are glasses, dishes, a sewing kit, and other, varied materials. Much of this was featured in our Leonard Oil exhibit a few years ago. Cassie has experience and training working with objects, so she is a great choice to process the object collection.
The Clarke also has a historical collection of of the company, not the official records of the company, about 20 cubic feet which is processed and cataloged. For more information on the collection please see the finding aid here https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clarke/ehll--leonardhistorical?byte=5003348;focusrgn=summaryinfo;subview=standard;view=reslist
A female Chilean biochemistry graduate student experienced grad science labs in her university which lacked sufficient equipment for all college students to conduct scientific experiments. She added sensors to smart phones to provide students with equal access to conduct scientific experiments using the phone. Her program, created with a software engineer, is called Lab4U. Initially used in Chile, the use of Lab4U is spreading internationally. It helps provide access to students in poorly funded countries or schools to conduct scientific experiments. Lab4U is democratizing teaching and learning science and increasing access to scientific learning, and it allows students to easily repeat and relive the experiments. It doesn't require a lot of explanation, nor a lot of equipment. To see the brief, inspiring video click here https://paidpost.nytimes.com/toyota/mothers-of-invention-presented-by-women-in-the-world.html?tbs_nyt=2017-march-nytnative_hpmod&cpv_dsm_id=3002438#lab4u
I am very delighted to just receive a Panasonic DV (digital video) camcorder from Jason Kiley in our IT unit. They do not use it anymore. With its cords hooked to a tv I can view DVs. I have 240 micro DVs from CMU. University Communications. I don't have the time to view all of them, but I can't trust the labels. I'm not sure until I sample view some of them how long they are and which are worth retaining in the archives. Then I need to figure out which format to retain them in which will be accessible in the future, how much storage it will take to store them, and whether they should go on a server.