May 16, 2022

New From OCLC Research: Stewarding NYPL’s Audio and Moving Image Research Collections into the Future

The recorded presentation (embedded below) was the most recent webinar in the OCLC Research Works in Progress series and was recorded on April 21, 2014. Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research,  from OCLC Research hosted the event.


  • Evelyn Frangakis, Aaron and Clara Greenhut Rabinowitz Assistant Director for Preservation, New York Public Library
  • Bill Stingon, Assistant Director Archives and Manuscripts and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscripts, New York Public Library
  • Ann Thornton, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries*

From the Video Blurb:

In this webinar, Evelyn Frangakis, Bill Stingone, Ann Thornton describe New York Public Library’s (NYPL) efforts to assess, prioritize and develop long-term strategies for its audio and moving image (AMI) research collections, which are among the largest and most significant in the world. These resources form an invaluable resource for scholars and artists, and provide the world with an irreplaceable record of its cultural heritage. In the next 10-15 years the majority of this media is at risk of loss due to degradation, unsupported media technologies, and the increasingly cost-prohibitive nature of preservation reformatting. NYPL is committed to the preservation and future availability of these collections and seeks timely, efficient strategies to build on and expand its established preservation program to meet the very real and urgent needs of these collections.

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* Ann Thornton was recently appointed to the position of University Librarian and Vice Provost at Columbia University.

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