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Managing Audiovisual Collections in Native Cultural Institutions

If your Native cultural organization has unprocessed audio-visual collections, you are invited to apply as a Community Partner for the Audiovisual Collections Care Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in Palm Springs, CA. Since 2018, the workshop has been held in partnership with ATALM as part of the 2024 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Community Partners commit to bringing unprocessed audiovisual materials to the workshop. During the workshop, materials are assessed and processed by participants under professional supervision. Financial support to facilitate participation may be available. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 14.

To learn more about the Community Archiving Workshop and access a robust collection of training resources, click here. 

The purpose of the CAW workshops is to train tribal librarians and archivists on the handling and care of audiovisual collections, to engage local community members in processing and describing their community’s audiovisual assets, and to process a small collection of recordings in preparation for preservation. Participants also learn how to set up and use a basic digitization station. The collaborative workshop model encourages the development of regional partnerships who can work together and support each other long after the workshop is over. 

The “Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop” is part of a two-year project that builds on CAW’s previous project with ATALM which helped Native communities provide better care for AV collections. Support for the project is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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