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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S19 - Good Morning, IRENE! Innovative Non-Contact Preservation Methods for Historical Sound Recordings

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This presentation offers an update on the IRENE optical-scanning technology for digitizing historical grooved audio formats such as lacquer discs and wax cylinders. Audience members will learn about preservation challenges for these formats, and new methods for recovering audio from them. Presenters will discuss the role of experimentation and collaboration in standards-driven preservation work, increased accessibility to audio of underrepresented communities, the pros/cons to optical-scanning, and where future development should be aimed.

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Bryce Roe

Director of Audio Preservation Services, NEDCC
Bryce Roe is the Director of Audio Preservation Services at NEDCC, where she confers with collection-holding institutions and individuals to evaluate their audio collections, develop preservation proposals, and manage audio preservation projects.


Stephanie Battle

Digital Imaging Specialist/Project Irene, University of California Berkeley
Stephanie Battle is the Project IRENE Imaging Specialist at UC Berkeley, where she manages daily lab operations to retrieve audio from historic sound recordings from library and museum collections including scanning, processing, and documentation.
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Julia Hawkins

IRENE Audio Preservation Engineer, NEDCC
Julia Hawkins is the Audio Preservation Intern at NEDCC, where she reformats obsolete audio formats (lacquer discs, wax cylinders, etc.) with the IRENE imaging system. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and German Studies from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and an MLIS with... Read More →

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA