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Film Preservation and Access Workshops

May 28, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 1:30 pm ADT

Presented by Heather Harkins



Location: Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Ave. Halifax

This year, we are really excited to be able to offer a special workshop here in Halifax right before the conference! So you can get TWO professional development activities out of one trip!

The day will be broken into two workshops, and you can attend the morning workshop, the afternoon workshop, or both! Registration is only $40 for one workshop, or $75 for both. Light refreshments will be provided, but lunch will be on your own. For restaurant ideas, click here.


Care and Feeding of Moving Images

May 28, 9am-12pm

This workshop introduces basic preservation techniques for motion picture material. We will discuss (and handle) film prints, video tapes, digital files, and some recorded sound formats, while covering best practices for storage, repair, and public access. Join us to learn tips and tricks for identifying mystery material, choosing which details to catalogue, developing disaster planning and response strategies, setting preservation priorities and supervising restoration work. We will also explore the rising significance of home movies in regional archives, and the strategies used by some institutions to fund their preservation efforts.


No Theatre? No Budget? No Problem! Engage your Community with Moving Images

May 28, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Come discover low-cost creative strategies to share motion pictures with your community. Are visiting researchers coming to your archive? Are local groups planning site-specific exhibitions that would be enhanced by your collection material? Are people visiting your web page? Use movies to enhance their experiences, and do it without exhausting your budget or your patience.  

To Register: Click Here

About the Presenter:

Heather Harkins, a native Nova Scotian, completed her graduate studies in film and moving image conservation at the George Eastman House museum in Rochester, NY. She has done rigorous work with moving image materials of all kinds- everything from glass lantern slides to nitrate film prints to cracked VHS tapes to high definition digital files. Heather has developed and taught an Introduction to Film Preservation workshop, delivering it in Banff, Los Angeles, and Halifax. The workshop was intended to teach moving image archiving principles and easily implemented techniques to non-profit organizations with low (or no) budget to care for their collections.

In the last year of her graduate studies, Heather was hired by the university library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections to work on a digital humanities project that transcribed and annotated personal correspondence from the nineteenth century for use in an online edition of the papers. She attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria BC to deliver a colloquium presentation about her experiences entitled “Digital Humanities for Absolute Beginners”.  Heather strongly believes that you don’t have to be an all-knowing technical genius to use computing technologies in your archival work. All kinds of collection material can be used in digital humanities projects that will increase access and funding opportunities, and she loves talking about this growing field of scholarship!

Image credits:

JISC. (2006). BFI078_lowres. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/jiscimages/436237895

Burns Library, Boston College (2010). Theater audience wearing 3-d glasses. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/bc-burnslibrary/6766005689/


May 28, 2014
6:00 am - 1:30 pm ADT
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Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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