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Issues in Digital Archiving: Collection Sustainability

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017-2018 UCLA Visiting Speaker Series


The UCLA Digital Archiving Collective invites faculty, students, staff, and members of the general public to join us for Session One of our 2017-18 UCLA Visiting Speaker Series, which will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 1-4 PM in the Jan Popper Theater (Schoenberg Music Building).

Featured speakers are Arnold Hirshon (Case Western Reserve University Library), David Seubert (UC Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archive), Mark Turner (Case Western/International Distributed Little Red Hen Lab), and Pamela Vadakan (UC Berkeley/California Revealed). Speaker presentations will be followed by a roundtable session with members of the Digital Archiving Collective and a closing Q&A session. Light refreshments will be included.


  • The theme, “Collection Sustainability,” will center around issues of:

- long-term collection, reformatting, and storage of digital and analog media materials
- challenges of securing effective equipment, personnel, and technical training
- strategies for locating relevant collections and cultivating relationships with collectors and donor organizations
- competing demands of larger archives and smaller institutions catering to narrower constituencies
- potential partnerships for sharing knowledge and resources between and across archiving institutions.

Presenter Information

Arnold Hirshon – Case Western Reserve University
Since August 2010, Arnold Hirshon has been the Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, a highly research-intensive university located in Cleveland, Ohio. He brings a rich set of expertise on issues of digital collection sustainability and has published extensively on topics such as strategic planning, outsourcing, technology applications in higher education, organizational leadership, service integration, operations assessment and optimization, and non-profit organizational management.


David Seubert – UC Santa Barbara, Cylinder Audio Archive
Overseeing one of the largest digital audio archives in the country, David Seubert has been the curator of the Performing Arts Collection at UCSB since 1998, where he manages the performing arts archives and the recorded sound collections. He is project director of the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive, the library’s online collection of early sound recordings, and the Discography of American Historical Recordings, a research project documenting early sound recordings. Both are internationally recognized projects to make early sound recordings more widely accessible to scholars and the public. David is also a Past President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, a professional association of audio archivists and librarians and an appointment member of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board.


Mark Turner – Case Western Reserve University
A professor of cognitive science, Mark Turner serves as chair of the advisory board for the NewsScape International Television News Library and is co-director of the Red Hen Lab, overseeing development of tools and services to enhance long-term usability and sustainability of digital collections. Mark Turner is also Founding Director of the Cognitive Science Network, and has won many distinguished awards, including the Anneliese Maier Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises from the French Academy.


Pamela Vadakan – UC Berkeley
As Project Manager for the NEH and IMLS-funded California Revealed project, Pamela Vadakan will discuss strategies she has developed to assist their 130 local and university member archives with assessment and digitization of at-risk collections. Vadakan has managed the California Revealed Project since its inception in 2010. She also teaches audiovisual preservation workshops and assesses archival collections for a variety of institutions across California for the California Preservation Program. She has a Masters of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University.


Featured Roundtable Participants

Aaron Bittel and Maureen Russell (Ethnomusicology Archive)
Callie Holmes and Matthew Vest (Music Library)
Tim Groeling and Francis Steen (Department of Communication Studies)
Michelle Caswell (Department of Information Studies)
Xaviera Flores (Chicano Studies Research Center)
T-Kay Sangwand (Charles E. Young Research Library)

This event is hosted by the World Music Center at UCLA, Department of Ethnomusicology (Herb Alpert School of Music) and organized by the UCLA Digital Archiving Collective, a cross-campus organization with members from UCLA’s Department of Information Studies; Department of Communication Studies; Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media; Center for Digital Humanities; UCLA Film and Television Archive; UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive; UCLA Library; UCLA Music Library; Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies; and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Funding is provided by UCLA’s Interdisciplinary and Cross-Campus Affairs Office.

For questions, please contact project assistant Jeannie Chen (