The Academic-Archival Committee was founded with the idea that fostering ties between the archival and academic communities helps create a bridge which will provide new opportunities to promote and document initiatives focusing on the areas of joint research and programming, as well as the resources to assist in their actualization.
The Access Committee supports moving image archivists to provide all
reasonable and responsible forms of access to their collections. The
Access Committee coordinates information and professional activities,
establishes guidelines and standards, and acts in an advocacy role
relating to issues to access. The Access Committee works with other
committees and working groups of AMIA to accomplish this goal.
The Advocacy Committee strives to develop an advocacy mission statement for AMIA, determining for what AMIA should advocate and how best to advocate, and indicating areas where advocacy is inappropriate.
The Advocacy Committee develops and recommends to the Board of Directors policies and procedures outlining advocacy and communications processes and collaborates with other AMIA Committees and Committees and other moving image organizations to develop plans and programs to assist in advocating for moving image preservation.
Awards and Scholarship Committee
The Awards and Scholarship Committee administers AMIA's awards, scholarships, fellowships, and internships. The Committee solicits and receives nominations and applications for AMIA awards, scholarships, fellowships, and internships and recruits selection panels from the AMIA membership to adjudicate applications for each award, scholarship, fellowship and internship, presenting their findings to the Board for confirmation
The Awards and Scholarship Committee may review the purpose and criteria for existing or proposed awards or scholarships and may make recommendations thereon to the AMIA Board.
Cataloging and Metadata Committee
In order to serve the archival moving image community, the Cataloging and Metadata Committee serves as a forum for discussion of cataloging issues. In the course of its work, the Committee facilitates the exchange of information through programs and publications, promotes the use of existing national and international standards for the cataloging of archival moving image materials, advises the appropriate standard making bodies on cataloging standards and issues, creates new cataloging standards, provides education and information on cataloging practices, and establishes liaisons with related organizations.
The Conference Committee programs the Conference and works in collaboration with the AMIA Office to coordinate the Annual Conference, perform long-term planning and coordination.
The Conference Committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding potential new events (workshops) as well as policies and strategic planning for the Annual Conference.
The Copyright Committee provides AMIA members a forum from which to draw knowledge and exchange ideas and provides access to the full range of voices on copyright in the field. The Committee is a source of up-to-date news so that the membership may stay abreast of copyright issues and help to define issues before they get defined for us. The Copyright Committee recognizes both the importance and the difficulty of providing relevant information on both U.S. and international copyright law.
The Development Committee identifies supports, and implements the Association’s sponsorship programs, working in coordination with members of the Conference and Events Committee.
The Development Committee makes recommendations to the Board of initiatives, policies and planning measures that ensure the financial health and stability of the Association.
Digital Issues Committee
The Digital Initiatives Committee is a mechanism for identifying key
issues, contributing expertise, and implementing special projects that
lead to recommended practices for digital concerns that impact the archival
moving image and audio field. It works closely with the AMIA Preservation,
Access, Cataloging and Documentation, and Education Committees, and with
other relevant AMIA committees and groups to achieve these goals. The
Digital Initiatives Committee shall inform the AMIA membership of developments
in digital technology, preservation, access, and metadata through publications,
projects, workshops, conference sessions, and recommended practices.
It will represent its constituents' concerns to related organizations
through active liaison relationships.
The Diversity Committee seeks to promote diversity within the membership and develops recommendations on how to make AMIA’s leadership and membership more diverse. The Committee also makes recommendations as to specific goals and objectives for increasing diversity in AMIA and the field as a whole.
The Education Committee believes that the education and training of moving image archivists is not only central to AMIA's role as a professional association, but essential to the long-term survival of our moving image heritage. To this end, the Education Committee promotes, designs, supports, and implements educational programs, projects, and services that contribute to the continuing education and training of working archivists and facilitates the education and training of students who wish to pursue careers in moving image archive management.
Independent Media Committee
The Independent Media Committee promotes issues relating to preservation and access of independent media to independent producers. Its main focus is on issues relating to the preservation and access of non-commercial film and video. This includes documentary, factual, narrative, experimental film and video art, electronic art and all works produced in the digital realm including web-based art and newly emerging technological art. Independent works created for the public television market are also included.
International Outreach Committee
The International Outreach Committee connects AMIA with ongoing activities in other international organizations that may intersect with and/or enhance AMIA programs. It develops policies and programs that will enable AMIA to reach out to moving image archivists throughout the world, with the specific objective of extending AMIA's services to such archivists in developing countries. It seeks to promote AMIA's programs and services to the world community of moving image archivists and to encourage global professional awareness and knowledge within the AMIA membership, along with soundly based volunteerism and other forms of mutual support.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Committee
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee provides a safe space to discuss issues and develop projects that are relevant to working in the archival industry, the archiving of moving images of LGBT peoples, and diversity within AMIA. The Committee organizes at least one meeting and one social gathering at the annual conference, proposes plenary and panel sessions to the Conference and Events Committee, and maintains an e-mail list that allows committee members to engage in on-line discussions and information sharing.
Membership Services Committee
The Membership Committee works to assure that AMIA provides the highest quality services to its members, promotes its services to current and potential members, identifies the needs of members, and continues to retain and develop its membership base. The Membership Committee recommends to the Board programs, policies, and tools to promote membership and membership services.
The Membership Committee recommends to the Board programs, policies, and tools to promote new leaders among AMIA members, to actively include past AMIA officers in volunteer activities and to foster the most effective volunteer environment.
Moving Image Related Materials & Documentation Committee
The Moving Image Related Materials and Documentation Committee responds to the needs of a growing constituency of archivists within AMIA who work with moving image related materials and documentary evidence (for example: scripts, production records, artifacts, etc.). This Committee provides a forum for sharing information among professionals working in institutions holding moving image related collections by actively promoting the proper identification, handling and preservation of these collections through scholarly research and dissemination. To this end, the Committee supports sessions and educational workshops during the annual AMIA conferences as well as encouraging the publication of findings based on research into moving image related collections.
News, Documentary & Television Committee
The News, Documentary & Television Committee promotes and support active preservation of and access to news, documentary and television material in repositories and broadcast facilities, both public and private.
The Nitrate Committee works to determine the safest practice for the healthy longevity of nitrate film, as well as for those who work with nitrate film. It encourages a deeper knowledge of the often-misunderstood qualities of nitrate film, specifically the danger, instability and "the look.” The Committee surveys the current holdings, conditions and practices of institutions storing and/or working with nitrate film and collects all written and anecdotal information about the history, manufacture, identification, handling, storage and presentation of nitrate film. The Nitrate Committee compiles, verifies and creates new standards and practices for conservation and preservation of nitrate film and functions as a support Committee for those interested in and working with nitrate film by becoming a major resource of all of the above knowledge.
Nominations & Elections Committee
The AMIA Elections Committee has primary responsibility for conducting AMIA's annual election process, which it carries out in accordance with the policies and requirements of the association's Bylaws. Each year, the Committee announces the elections schedule, solicits recommendations of candidates for Association-wide offices which are up for election, nominates slates of candidates for these offices, receives and counts the ballots mailed back by Individual Members, and notifies the candidates and the membership of the election results.
The Preservation Committee seeks out trends, enablers, and threats to be understood, evaluated and reported on in a critical manner. It brings in leading experts, thinkers, and innovators to find solutions that are sustainable and that make sense from a long-term preservation perspective. The Preservation Committee develops ways to use, re-use and re-purpose archival materials and to provide access to the results thereof. It strives to demystify the archival enabling technologies involved.
Projection and Technical Presentation Committee
The Projection and Technical Presentation Committee exists to promote, encourage and facilitate the highest possible technical standards in the public presentation of archival moving images and related audio. This work encompasses the provision of and support for education and training, a role in the development of relevant technical standards and an emphasis on technical presentation practices that most effectively communicate the integrity of original works and, if applicable, preservation and restoration work that has been carried out on them. The committee seeks to facilitate dialog between programmers, curators and projectionists, encouraging projection to be seen as an integral element of archival curatorship.
The Publications Committee promotes AMIA's mission and goals by supervising and coordinating the publication of The Moving Image journal, the AMIA Newsletter, various special publications, and book publishing endeavors. The Publications Committee recommends to the Board programs, policies and tools to assist in the creation, direction, and operation of print and electronic publications.
Small Gauge/Amateur Film Committee
The Small Gauge and Amateur Film Committee promotes and protects the interests of small gauge and amateur film, its creators, and its advocates. "Small gauge" film includes all media smaller than 35mm—-the emphasis is on 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8mm, but less common formats like 28mm and 9.5mm are also considered under the small gauge umbrella. "Amateur" film includes most non-commercial productions—-especially home movies, avant-garde cinema, and undistributed materials. Any of these materials may be privately held or in the care of an archive, stock house, or other collecting institution.