May 18, 2022

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

New Digital Collection of Historic Sound Recordings (Speeches, Debates, Lectures, Music)

From Pepperdine University Libraries: Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the release of our latest digital collection. The Historic Sound Recordings collection features streaming recordings of memorable speeches and significant events that chart the history of Pepperdine University and, more broadly, Southern California. The collection includes archival recordings ranging from political speeches and debates […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

Digital Preservation: "ARL and ALA File Comments Regarding Federal Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings"

You Can Access All of ALA’s and ARL’s Comments in This 7 page Document (PDF) From the Document: The Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association appreciate this opportunity to provide reply comments on the important question of the desirability of bringing under federal protection sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 (“federalization”). […]