Annual Report 2011: Preservation

In 2011 BAVC’s preservation department continued to provide critical video preservation services our partners at The Kitchen, the Exploratorium, Pacific Film Archive, Walker Art Center and Video Data Bank. We also started long term projects with the Special Collections Library at UC Davis, San Francisco Public Library’s California History Desk, the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, and Fales Library at New York University. We preserved over 40 videos that are part of the Frameline collection and the James Hormel Center at SFPL in conjunction with the 2011 Frameline Film Festival and provided services to many independent artists and mediamakers.

BAVC’s Preservation team also continued its in-depth collaboration with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC), developing a trusted digital repository called the Secure Media Network (SMN). In 2011 Phase 2 of the project was released and BAVC completed preservation of the first 100 video assets to be placed in the SMN and made accessible for historians, educators, choreographers and dancers in the DHC community. Additionally, we built a second remote digitizing hub for this project, at the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City.

In 2011, we launched our new collection assessment and preservation plan services, providing a detailed assessment and plan for San Francisco Cinematheque’s audio collection, and securing a contract to assess the video collection for San Francisco Ballet.

March 2011 Moriah Ulinskas presented “Documentation, Preservation and Access in the Age of Digital Media and Information” to the Arts Loan Fund at the Northern California Grantmakers and October “Forward to the Past” at the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference. In November 2011 Lauren Sorensen presented “Secure Media Network: Building a Digital Repository for a Diverse Coalition of Analog Video Collections “ and “Recommendation 4.2: Orphan Video Preservation as Regional and Federal Concern” at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference.