Title: It’s the year 2039. Where’s your podcast? (A Preserve This Podcast workshop)
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Purpose/goal of the class, overall: Due to a lack of awareness about the fragility of digital files, podcasts are disappearing. Podcasters who attend this workshop will walk away with a basic knowledge of the history of podcast technology, the basics of archival preservation, and simple steps they can take to preserve their audio. We will review through the tools and techniques to prevent data loss before it’s too late, as well as “bake” these concepts into podcasters’ existing production workflows.
Bring your hard drives. Bring your laptops. Bring your Dropbox password. We’re going to preserve your podcast. If you’ve listened to the Preserve This Podcast podcast or read the zine, you know that podcasts are disappearing. So how can podcasters protect themselves against loss? This single-session, interactive workshop will tackle this issue head-on by walking audio-creators through the history of podcast technology, the basics of archival preservation, and simple steps you can take to preserve your audio. We will review through the tools and techniques to prevent data loss before it’s too late, as well as “bake” these concepts into podcasters’ existing production workflows.
All levels welcome. Anyone who is involved in the production of a podcast or documentary is eligible for this workshop.
Zines will be provided for all attendees.
Dana Gerber-Margie listens to podcasts while living in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master's in Library & Information Studies at UW-Madison, and has worked as an A/V Archivist for WiLS and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the Bello Collective, a publication about podcasts and storytelling.
Mary Kidd is an archivist and illustrator. By day, she works for New York Public Library's Special Collections Division. She has worked on audio/visual preservation projects for New York Public Radio, the Magic Shop Recording Studio, and the XFR Collective, a non-profit organization that transfers at-risk media off magnetic tapes to digital format for individuals and groups with limited means. She enjoys creating drawings, zines, gifs, and other artful tidbits to make archiving, and the technology that supports it, accessible, approachable and fun for everyone.
Molly Schwartz is the Studio Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). She is the host and producer of two podcasts about libraries and archives— Library Bytegeist and Preserve This Podcast. Molly did a Fulbright grant at the Aalto University Media Lab in Helsinki, was part of the inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents in Washington, D.C., and worked at the U.S. State Department as a data analyst. She holds an MLS with a specialization in Archives, Records and Information Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a BA/MA in History from the Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah Nguyen is the Project Coordinator for Preserve This Podcast. She is a first year Master’s of Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Washington's iSchool, but is surviving through PTP and other library and archive grant-funded projects: Instructional Design Tech Specialist for CUNY City Tech’s OER Program and Archivist for the Dance Heritage Coalition/Mark Morris Dance Group Archive Project. Her research interests include open technologies, community around accessible data management, security-privacy practices, and self-care. Outside of the internet she can be found riding a Cannondale mtb or practicing movement and dance.
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