Skip to main content

Preservation and Archiving of Digital Media


Libraries have long collected audio and video content in varying formats housing those materials in special archives and collections. However, unlike the static documents that have been digitized for purposes of enabling Web access by users, some collections of audio and video content may not have received the appropriate attention and resources that ensure long-term preservation. This session will look at a variety of such collections and associated archiving initiatives focused on what is an increasingly at-risk set of materials.

Confirmed speakers for this event include: Kira M. Sobers, Digital Media Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution Archives; Clifford B. AndersonAssociate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University; Edward M. Corrado, Associate University Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School.

Event Sessions

At Risk of Losing Everything: Advocating for Audiovisual Materials in a Mixed-Media Archive


Kira Sobers

Digital Media Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution Archives contains over 60,000 audiovisual assets in 44 different formats. With such a large variety of formats, it is necessary to actively advocate for the preservation of these materials before the contents are lost. However, even with proper support, preservation of audiovisual materials presents several challenges, such as equipment obsolescence and insufficient funding. This presentation will discuss the challenges of preserving audiovisual materials as identified during a survey of collections across the Smithsonian. It will also explore the shift from on-demand to proactive preservation through advocacy. 

Evolving the Operations of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive: Cloud Computing for Audiovisual Preservation


Clifford Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
Vanderbilt University

Since August 1968, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive has recorded, preserved, and made accessible the evening television news programming of the major networks. After briefly discussing its services and business model, Clifford B. Anderson will discuss how the staff of the Television News Archive have managed the process of introducing significant technological change while keeping their operations up and running. By moving key operations to cloud-based environments, they have automated routine processes, allowing staff members to contribute value in their respective areas of specialized expertise. Since this transformation is ongoing, Anderson will also describe the challenges and hurdles he and his team have faced during this process of technological migration

Preservation and archiving of digital audio


Edward M. Corrado

Associate University Librarian
Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School

This talk will review some of the issues with the preservation and long term archiving of digital audio files. Topics involving how digital audio content impacts management and technology will be discussed. Issues related to metadata and file formats for use and preservation will be also be looked at.

Additional Information

  • NOTE: L.S.A. members of NISO automatically received sign-on credentials for this event as a member benefit. There is no need to register for the recording. Check your institutional membership status here.

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the archived recording within one business day. Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., we ask that you contact the NISO office at if you do not receive these instructions in a timely fashion. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.

  • Speaker presentation slides are posted to this event webpage following the live broadcast.

For Online Events

  • You will need a computer in order to view the broadcast; audio should feed through your device’s speaker or attached headset.

  • If you have questions or concerns regarding this registration, please contact NISO headquarters via email to We appreciate your interest and hope that you will gain valuable insight from our speakers.