First Steps: Caring for Sound and Moving Image Collections Webinar


Date and Time: 25 August 2020, 10:00-13:30

We are delighted to again work with National Library of Scotland (NLS), to present a webinar on the care of sound and moving image collections. In partnership with Unlocking our Sound Heritage, a UK-wide project that will help save the nation’s sounds and open them up to everyone, we have put together an online friendly programme, with presentations on:

How to identify and care for sound and moving image formats

What to think about when planning digitisation

What information to include when cataloguing

How sound and film can be used to support learning and engagement activities

We are also delighted to feature three case studies from people with first-hand experience of working with collections and using them for community-led projects:

Singer Stories, a collection of memories and short films from former employees of the Singer Sewing Machine Factory in Clydebank

Gairloch Museum, exhibition and display of audio-visual collections

Alternative Approaches to Archiving audio-visual materials in community archives

A full programme is below.

Registration: This webinar is fully subscribed; we will be recording the sessions and will make them available.

10.00-10.05 Audrey Wilson, Community Engagement Officer, Scottish Council on Archives


10.05-10.15 Vicky Plaine, Head of Media Management, BBC Scotland
  Session 1 – Basic Identification and Storage of Moving Image and Sound Items
10.15-10.30 So, What do you Have?

Stuart Wilson, Moving Image Technician, National Library of Scotland, & Conor Walker, Audio Preservation Engineer, National Library of Scotland

Presented examples that cover the identification of various formats, both moving image and sound, and some guidance on storage conditions.

10.30-10.45 A Brief Primer: Magnetic Tape and Archival Preservation

Conor Walker, Audio Preservation Engineer, National Library of Scotland

A brief introduction to understanding your magnetic tape collection.

10.45-11.00 Context through Cataloguing: Considerations for Audio Collections

Rob Smith, Audio Cataloguing Co-ordinator, National Library of Scotland

Some tips and thoughts on how to approach the cataloguing of an archive audio collection drawing on the processes used on the UOSH project

11.00-11.15 Q&A of Session 1
  Session 2– Case Studies: Learning from One Another
11.15-11.30 Be Seen and Be Heard!

Maya Darrell Hewins, PhD candidate, University of the Highlands and Islands

Alternative approaches to archiving audio-visual materials in community collections.

11.30 – 11.45 Make it Visual

Dr Karen Buchanan, Curator, Gairloch Museum

How we used our oral history collection in the interpretation and displays in the new museum.

11.45 – 12.00 Singer Stories: Oral Histories, Community Engagement, and Preservation Challenges

Katie McDonald, Archivist, West Dunbartonshire Council

A look at West Dunbartonshire Council’s Singer Stories project – why the project mattered, how the project worked, and the challenges involved in preserving community conversations.

12.00-12.15 Q&A Session 2
  Session 3 – Advice, Support and Networks
12.15–12.30 Thinking about Digitisation? Things to consider when planning a digitisation project

Jeni Park, Hub Project Manager, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Project, National Library of Scotland

Why digitise? What will I do with the digitised items? Are my items a priority? Should I do it myself of use another organisation? How will I cover any costs?

12.30-12.45 Debunking the myths of Copyright and GDPR for your sound and moving image collection

Mel Reeve-Rawlings, Rights Clearance Officer, National Library of Scotland

So now you have a digitised copy of your moving image or sound recording, can you do anything with it?

12.45-13.30 Q&A plus Show and Tell

On hand to answer your questions plus signpost to resources, general chit chat, networking, discussion of your collection and what you want to do with it. Your opportunity to bring along something from your collection and ask the experts advice.