for the Position of President of the Board
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2010, AMIA will celebrate its twentieth year as an individual-based
professional association. The achievements of this organization in
those twenty years will be honored by an association that celebrates
those who dedicate their lives to the enduring value of the moving
have worked in both public and private archives for just a little
bit longer than AMIA has been around: UCLA Film and Television Archive,
DreamWorks SKG, Discovery Communications, British Film Institute and
now Paramount Pictures. AMIA has been the place, however, where I
have become a better archivist.
have learned that the phrase "everyone loves an archive until
you have to pay for it" applies in every kind of institution.
An archivist must be an articulate advocate for the collection s/he
works with. I've been constantly inspired by the ability of my colleagues
in this organization to do just that.
have learned that most of what we imagined would be possible with
digital technology and access has come (quite rapidly and with unimagined
implications) true. AMIA members have been a central part of this
have learned that there is an increasing public appetite for archival
moving images: festivals, online offerings, DVDs. With this appetite
comes more widespread understanding of the issues we all face. AMIA
puts the people responsible for this: the archivists in the center
of this understanding.
have learned that those who have joined our organization because of
AMIA scholarships are just what the organization hoped they would
be: members who ask hard questions and challenge standard assumptions.
Through AMIA, we work together to ensure our practices embrace change.
is a great responsibility to be an "individual-based professional
organization." It means each of us has a responsibility
to keep AMIA alive and healthy, especially at moments when there are
plenty of issues which might divide us. My goals are simple
– to help ensure the organization can be as financially healthy
as it can be; to make sure all moving image archivists think that
AMIA Is invaluable; and to help ensure that the world knows that archivists
are the reason that moving images endure.
years ago I was actively involved in the creation of AMIA. At the
time, my primary concern was that the formal organization we were
establishing would foster collegial communication, information sharing,
support, and partnerships. I was afraid that as a formal professional
association AMIA would become like other organizations with relationships
and opportunities dependent on the length and perceived status of
members' resumes. As it turns out, I didn't have to worry.
the time since it was established, AMIA has proved that a professional
organization can be welcoming, inclusive, and responsive to its members
regardless of age, income, experience, or background. I believe that
our past should inform our future and I am deeply committed to ensuring
that AMIA carries this unique quality into its next twenty years.
Working together, the members of AMIA can deal with the complexities
of moving image preservation in a digital world, promote the work
of moving image archivists, and empower all of us in seeking financial
and material support for the field. These efforts will require all
AMIA members to contribute time and expertise to move both the field
and the association forward.
the years I have served AMIA in many capacities including chair of
the Publications Committee and editor of the Newsletter, member of
the board (in the years when chairs of certain committees were automatically
non-elected members of the board), member of Conference Committee
and program session coordinator, and member of the Elections Committee.
Mostly, though, I have been a devoted conference attendee, list serve
lurker, and stealth cheerleader. I am a candidate for president so
I can support AMIA in a tangible way.
Simpson will be a tough act to follow. She has provided AMIA with
gentle, but sure leadership following her amazing career as AMIA's
first Managing Director. Should I be elected I will look to Janice,
the Board, and the membership to build on the work in progress to
set the course for the future. I am specifically interested in taking
up Karan Sheldon's challenge expressed at the 2009 business meeting
to increase member volunteerism, work with Dennis Doros to further
develop AMIA's public image, and explore options for making attending
the annual conference possible for all members. But, at the core of
everything I do, will be the commitment to keep AMIA an organization
of the membership for the membership.
Audiovisual Archivist/Deputy Chair
Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
University, B.A. Folklore, 1976
Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University College at Oneonta,
M.A. American Folk Culture and History Museum Studies, 1977
for the Position of Director of the Board
am honored to be asked to run for the Board of Directors this year.
I've been involved since before we were called AMIA and the organization
has always been a very important part of my personal and professional
life. I welcome the opportunity to do more for an organization that
has played such a critical role in the archival community.
of the things that constantly amazes me about AMIA is how much we
have been able to accomplish. When I first joined, little was known
about certain aspects of preservation. Now, new standards have been
published, many institutions have climate-controlled storage vaults,
graduate programs are teaching moving image preservation and digital
initiatives are shared and discussed daily. AMIA and its members played
a key roll in these advances. AMIA serves as the crucible where theory,
research and practice are welded into comprehensive preservation strategy.
It is the forum where archives share their knowledge, joys, triumphs
and heartaches. It is the repository where hard-earned knowledge and
expertise is preserved for future generations. Finally, it is a clear
and effective voice that disseminates archival needs and accomplishments,
both to colleagues within the field, and to the public at large.
to me, represents the core of AMIA: not only the preservation of moving
images themselves, but also the development, preservation and dissemination
of archival knowledge and accomplishments. I look forward to the opportunity
to serve on the board and plan to do all I can to insure that AMIA
continues to be a relevant, vibrant, valuable asset to its existing
members and I will work to encourage others, not yet associated with
AMIA, to recognize its tremendous value and join with our efforts.
my early days I worked at a local TV station, a CBS radio affiliate,
a magazine and a cable network. In 1983 I founded SPECS BROS, and
for the last twenty-five plus years have been running the lab, doing
research, restoring and re-mastering magnetic tapes, consulting on
preservation and training archivists and conservators. I have been
an active member of the AMIA Preservation Committee since there has
been such a committee. I have also been active in the Society of Motion
Picture and Television Engineers, the American National Standards
Institute, the Audio Engineering Society and the International Standards
Organization technical commissions that author and review National
and International Standards. I have long been a strong advocate of
sharing and freely disseminating information and have done presentations,
workshops and training seminars at a wide range of venues including
NARA, SAA, the Selznick School, JTS, ITS, ITVA, NYU MIAP, the IPI
and, of course, AMIA. I am a contributing author on numerous National
and International Standards, the AMIA Fact Sheets and am currently
working with other AMIA members on producing a Workbook on AV Disaster
Recovery. In my "spare time" I am a member, and a sometime
Board member, of a number of theatre organizations.
consider a distinct honor to be asked to run for a Director position
for AMIA and hope that I will have the opportunity to serve the Association
in this capacity. If elected, I will support the continued work of
the Association to develop and sustain opportunities for AMIA members
in the areas of professional development and communication, with an
eye toward sustainability over the long-term.
this current economic climate, it is critical to make choices that
will have the most long-term value for our membership. While our members'
ideas often have the potential for tremendous impact, the leadership
of the Association must make difficult choices about which options
to pursue and how we can sustain these endeavors over the long-term.
Thus, my first responsibility, if elected, will be to ensure the continued
health of AMIA by balancing projected costs of new projects against
their potential return on investment. I'm also committed to making
sure that we continue to nurture and encourage those programs and
projects that have made us the Association we are today. For example,
I feel strongly that support for education at all levels-from scholarships
for archivists entering the field to the development of continuing
education opportunities to working archivists-must continue. If necessary,
AMIA must explore external funding sources that will help us maintain
our current programs and achieve some of our more ambitious goals.
of the most important roles that I think that the Association's leadership
can play is as a facilitator of open communication among all its members.
I applaud AMIA's recent decision to embrace social networking technologies
to improve communication among our members. While our listserv and
our website have played a significant role in the growth of our membership
and support of our activities, the limitations of these media have
become apparent in the last few years. Services such as Facebook and
Twitter offer our members new, possibly better, options to keep ourselves
informed about professional accomplishments and the events and ideas
that shape our profession. If elected, I hope to contribute to the
revision of AMIA's overall communications strategy, including the
role of our website.
- Ph.D., Library and Information Science, UCLA, 2001
- MLIS, Library and Information Science, UCLA, 1995
- MA in Critical Studies of Film and Television, UCLA, 1995
- Positions held:
o Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science,
Kent State University, 2007-2009;
o Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University
of Pittsburgh, 2001-2007.
- Accomplishments include:
o Development and support for curriculum in the areas of preservation
and archiving, including teaching courses in moving image preservation
and digital archiving;
o Establishment of a certificate program and MLIS specialization in
digital preservation at Kent State in 2008;
o Author of Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use,
and Practice (published by the Society of American Archivists in 2007).
-Member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists since 1994.
-Member, Fellowship and Scholarships Subcommittee of the Education
-Co-chair of Education Committee, 2001-2004
-Chair of the Publications Committee, 2004-2006
-Editor of The Moving Image, 2006-2008.
would be a personal and professional honor to serve as a Director
of the Board for AMIA. I strongly believe in AMIA's mission to "foster
cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the
acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving
image materials." It is this interdisciplinary collaboration
and focus on relationship-building which will have the most significant
long-term impact on our profession. I demonstrated experience with
these objectives in my own professional career and I believe I can
bring this experience to the AMIA Board.
organization like the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), as well as previous employers such as the University of Maryland,
Emory University, University of Cape Town and NYU, are extremely complex.
In such environments, outreach, teamwork, and strong relationships
are the keys to getting things done. In my current position as an
AV Preservation Specialist at NARA, I work to preserve moving image
and audio holdings in a wide variety of formats. I am particularly
interested in process improvement for large homogeneous collections
including standardization of workflows and end products, investigating
the appropriate use of automation as well as developing multi-purpose,
cross-platform tools. Some of my recent projects include investigating
technical metadata requirements for moving image and audio collections,
investigating scalable and sustainable file-naming conventions for
complex repositories, developing and evaluating job tracking and metrics
tools for interdisciplinary preservation and access projects, and
developing and evaluating specifications for digital moving image
and audio objects in an institutional repository. These responsibilities
demonstrate my interest and experience with the cooperative nature
of moving image archiving and preservation.
have an established history of active participation in both formal
and informal professional organizations. Aside from AMIA, I'm a current
member of ARSC, SAA, and SMPTE. I served as Secretary/Treasurer and
for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works (AIC) Electronic Materials Group (EMG) from 2004 - 2006 as well
as chairing the Nominating Committee, 2007-2008. I am a co-organizer
(along with Steve Puglia [NARA] and James Snyder [LOC]) of the new
Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/)
Technical Metadata Subgroup which will investigate the identification,
collection and use of technical metadata for moving images, audio
recordings, and still images. I have a strong foundation in other
professional involvement such as serving as a Primary Investigatory
on three NFPF grants as well as a grant reviewer for NHPRC, the New
York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library
Research Materials Discretionary Grants and SAA workshops.
is essential in governance. If elected to the AMIA Board of Directors,
I hope to work with Committees, Interest Groups and Task Forces to
keep their information current on the AMIA website or other centralized
location. Now that AMIA has so many tools to interact with its membership,
it's vital that this information be consolidated. Prospective as well
as existing members should be able to find all the information they
need, or be directed to it, from one location.
implementing, and interpreting the Association's Mission is the primary
work of AMIA's Board of Directors. In a climate of ever-shrinking
budgets and limited funding opportunities, economic considerations
are more important than ever in developing strategic priorities for
AMIA. Like other organizations, AMIA must weigh all programs and activities
in light of the financial implications while evaluating the anticipated
benefits to the Association, to the profession, to history, and to
archival materials. Opportunities for cooperation and convergence
both within AMIA and with outside organizations should be identified
and explored to maximize our resources and our reach. AMIA has
great potential to continue to advance its mission by enlisting the
energy, expertise and passion of the membership to continue the Association's
forward move in deliberate, sustainable and successful ways.
In 1997 I earned a certificate in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation
from George Eastman House. I worked next at Eastman Kodak
on a research and development project to modify post production software
for digital restoration of moving images. From 1998-2000,
I worked on a grant as the archivist for stills and moving image related
materials in the Film Department of GEH. For the past nine years,
I have worked at the Rockefeller Archive Center in a variety of positions,
including special formats archivist. I am currently an Assistant
Director and Head of Archival Services.
was honored when the Election Committee called and asked me to stand
for election as a Director of the Board. After being actively involved
with AMIA for the past 8 years, I look at this opportunity as a way
to continue the mission and vision of AMIA. We have a great organization
that represents a diverse and passionate membership. The board is
there to serve that membership by ensuring solid leadership, providing
direction and maintaining AMIA's relevance in our chosen profession.
becoming an AMIA member, I supported and helped create the Universal
Studios Scholarship for Archival Studies and we've now awarded our
sixth scholarship. Over the past four years, I have served as the
co-creator and co-chair of AMIA's Digital Asset Symposiums in New
York and Los Angeles (look for another DAS in 2010!). In addition,
I am an active member of the Development Committee which involves
helping to generate financial support for AMIA activities, collaborating
on partnerships (such as The Reel Thing Technical Symposium), as well
as creating new events and opportunities for AMIA.
the years I have also participated in and led numerous panels and
sessions on Audio Restoration and Digital Archiving. I honed my leadership
skills in the creation of the Audio Restoration and Preservation group
for Universal Studios as well as the creation of the BluWave Audio
facility. In all, it's been more than 18 years in the field.
are many opportunities that lay ahead for our organization with changing
digital technologies, new distribution channels and the need for global
archival leadership. As a group of individuals representing every
facet of the field, AMIA is the organization to take a leading role.
To be successful we need to consider all our options, continue to
develop global relationships and, through education and professional
development, to continue to build strong leadership.
all the answers and solutions we need within our membership. With
the knowledge of our industry's past, along with the contemporary
knowledge of new advancements and technologies, we can shape our future
holds a Degree in Music with a concentration in Studio Recording from
the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. After a number of years in
the music industry, Tom has devoted the last 18 years specializing
in the audio restoration and preservation of films. He has engaged
in a wide range of projects from salvaging damaged elements to complete
soundtrack restorations, including films such as Springtime for Henry
(1928), The Love Trap (1929), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930),
Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Shining (1980), and 2001: A Space
Tom is the Director of the Audio Restoration and Preservation Services
group for Universal Studios BluWave Audio and is responsible for the
preservation of the audio assets for NBC Universal as well as the
continued development of their digital archival specification. He
received the President's Award from the Cinema Audio Society in 2004
for the restoration of "The Stanley Kubrick Collection".
I was asked to run for the Board, I said an enthusiastic yes!
I was honored, of course, and thought about what a great way to contribute
to an organization I've been part of for more than eight years.
And yet I struggled trying to put together this statement. Why
was I involved with AMIA to begin with? Sounds like a simple
enough question but it sure stymied me when I tried to put it on paper.
That is until I was sitting around over the weekend, with a bunch
of friends that have nothing to do with archiving, or film preservation,
or cataloguing. One of them, a teacher, had absconded with the
digital projector from school, hooked it up to her laptop, and made
a makeshift movie theater out of the vacation home's family room.
A bed sheet duct taped to the wall served as the screen. The
popcorn was made, a selection of candy was set out for general consumption
(including Milk Duds, a personal favorite), and speakers were turned
up. I sat at the back of the room, pad of paper and pen in hand
hoping to be able to scribble some kind of statement out. Anything,
please God, anything. I needed to get poor Dick Fauss something
to post. After a number of circular doodles, stick figures,
and portraits only I would recognize, I sat back and looked around
the room. Eight people, a mixture of adults and kids, were sitting
in semi-darkness, enjoying the universal experience of watching images
together. It didn't matter what it was, only that we were doing
it together and that there were images available for us to watch.
It was about access, and future generations, and shared experiences.
Which is a pretty good definition of why I'm involved with AMIA.
So who the heck am I to ask you for your vote? I could pander
for different constituencies support and tell you that I'm a cataloging-archiving-home
-movie- preservationist- experimental- film-lover, friend of everyone
(but who you don't like), candidate of choice. At the end of
the day though, I'm the Managing Director of Technicolor's Film Preservation
Department and have been for just over five years. Before that
I did my fair share of negative assembly, printing, evaluation and
repair work; I even did some asset management and customer service.
Recently I was involved in setting up some basic telecine services
to support students and independent filmmakers.
been a member of AMIA since before the Boston conference and I'm pleased
as punch that this year's shin-dig is being held in my hometown of
St. Louis. I've helped out here and there, and created Trivia
Night to help with fundraising at the conference for the past two
years (with the help of many friends) and am looking forward to your
participation in year number three. Perhaps the thing I'm most
proud of is my group's involvement with the scholarship winners and
the interns that spend time with my department each year. We
teach them what we do at the lab, and in turn, we often learn new
techniques from them.
In terms of what I'd do on the board, well, I'd do what I felt was
the best thing for the association. That doesn't necessarily
mean I'll always support the majority, it means I'll look at the health
of the association and its membership and use my best judgment to
assure its robust future. Economically, I imagine we're all
under pressure at home and on the job. AMIA is no different.
We have to take a hard look at where we're at and where we want to
get to over the next few years. Ultimately we have to determine
what sacrifices we're willing to make. If we want more, we all
have to be prepared to give more. I'm prepared to give my time
and whatever other resources I can muster to support AMIA, regardless
of whether I'm lucky enough to be made a member of the board.
If you vote me in, it means I'll be pushing all of you harder to do