Adam Lott is a second year MSI student specializing in Archives and Records Management with an interest in moving-image media. He is the latest participant in The Archivists Apprentice series, which follows School of Information students as they complete their internships.
Cutting Through the Magnetic Tape, Part 1
Providing deliverable materials to interested users is a goal for many archival institutions. The process of making these collections accessible, however, may very greatly depending on the institution, and the nature of their holdings. The archive within CUNY-TV (a non-commercial public broadcast station) support the 24 hour broadcast of its parent station. Programming must be available on a scheduled basis, so there is a constant need for materials to be accessible to the station engineers. The entire experience has been totally new to me, having previously worked in an archive where patrons come to us, rather than us broadcasting to them.
During the past five weeks, I’ve been able to assist in the daily functions of CUNY-TV; cataloguing collections, digitizing assets, getting a handle on the BASH shell, and learning about video from the moment it’s recorded. Because the archive is only one department within the station, I get to hear from a variety of talented minds: filmographers, script writers, preservationists, and veteran broadcast technicians who’ve seen every format under the sun. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more of what I’ve learned and really get to the core of the daily duties of the motion-picture archivist.