General resources about audio preservation
- Audio Preservation portal at Conservation OnLine
- The Library of Congress Audio Preservation Bibliography
- IRENE Seeing Sound Blog
- Care, Handling, and Storage of Audio Visual Materials by the Library of Congress
- Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation
- The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials
Identifying audio formats
- California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)’s Audiovisual Formats: A Guide to Identification (PDF)
- Media Formats and Resources by Richard L. Hess. "This site is arranged in a hierarchy that permits drilling down to find out more about a particular type of media record."
Collection Assessment Tools
- Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program (AVSaP)
- California Preservation Program’s CALIPR
- Columbia University’s Survey Instrument for Audio & Moving Image Collections
- Indiana University’s Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET)
- New York University’s VIPRS (Visual and Playback Inspection Ratings System)
Further reading and watching (conference presentations, webinars, blog posts, journal articles)
- Preserving Audio Collections: A Conversation Between Archivist and Preservationist audio interview by NYU Preservation. 2015.
- National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
Audio preservation in the news
The most recent articles are at the top of the list.
- Naylor, Brian. 2015. "A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age". National Public Radio, May 7.
- Cowen, Ron. 2015. "Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard". New York Times, May 4.
- Nickisch, Curt. 2014. "At Harvard, Technology Resurrects Long-Silent Voices Of Poets". WBUR, November 28.
- Sydell, Laura. 2014. "How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever". National Public Radio, August 18.
- Northeast Document Conservation Center. 2014. "A Hefty Challenge for IRENE: Working with Delaminating Lacquer Discs". IRENE Seeing Sound Blog, August 12.
- Siner, Emily. 2014. ""Preserving audio for the future is a race against time". National Public Radio, March 23.
- 2013. "Calif. physicist one of 24 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients". Southern California Public Radio, September 24.
(This article is about the inventor of IRENE)
- Cole, Tom. 2013. "Saving the Sounds of America". National Public Radio, February 13.
- Cole, Tom. 2010. "Who Will Save America's Vanishing Songs?". National Public Radio, September 29.
- Greenfieldboyce, Neil. 2007. "You Can Play the Record, but Don't Touch". National Public Radio, July 15.