UCLA Library Preserves Audiovisual Mementos of the Past
The UCLA Library Preservation Unit works to gather these mementos of the past, carefully preserving personal letters, photographs, oral history tapes and other items for student research on campus. While UCLA has items that reflect world civilizations and span several centuries into the past, the library also takes advantage of the city by gathering materials that specifically reflect the culture and history of Los Angeles.
Recently endowed by the Arcadia Fund, a private funding organization, to institute transformative change within the library, UCLA decided to put this grant toward reformatting and preserving a new medium of the digital age: audiovisual materials.
“It’s been on the minds of everyone because a lot of other large universities are stepping up their game. … (Members of the) film and sound (industries) have been really working the advocacy trail to the library world and not just museums and archives,” said Siobhan Hagan, the audiovisual preservation specialist at the library. “Special collections (here at UCLA) is like a treasure trove of unique AV (audiovisual) materials that would normally be thrown away.”
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