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Audiovisual Preservation and Access (During a Pandemic)

  • Author(s): Dessem, Yasmin;
  • Vest, Matthew;
  • Brennan, Christopher
  • et al.
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Abstract

Implementing a secure streaming server for audiovisual materials at UCLA is an outgrowth of an ad hoc A/V Preservation Task Force started in 2016. The taskforce included Yasmin Dessem, Allie Whalen, Callie Holmes, Matthew Vest and a representative from the Ethnomusicology Archive. Yasmin Dessem will share the stakes of preserving audiovisual materials and the high risk of loss. Christopher Brennan and Matthew Vest will share efforts to implement a secure streaming server, Avalon. Primarily during remote work, the UCLA Music Library digitized over 2,500 audiovisual recordings from the Music Library and other UCLA Library units and made them available online via Avalon. Avalon has received over 37,000 media views since September 2020, allowing significantly greater access to streaming media collections than previously possible at UCLA. The presenters will give a tour of Avalon and share technical aspects, integration with existing services and programs, advocational efforts, and future plans, including integration of A/V reserves.

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