December 12, 2017

Legacy Media at the Flaxman Library

Legacy Media at the Flaxman Library
November 30–December 21, Flaxman Library Main Collections Exhibition Cases, Sharp Building, 6th floor

Numerous legacy audiovisual formats populate the Flaxman Library’s Circulating, Non-Circulating and Special Collections: 16mm film, Super8mm, over a dozen videotape formats, audio cassettes, ¼” reel-to-reel audio tape, CD-ROMs and more. Obsolete playback equipment, and the ever-increasing speed of hardware and software obsolescence challenge the viability of some of our most unique and valuable resources.

Over the past 3 years we have digitized nearly 1,000 videotapes and selections from our 16mm film collection. In addition to high-resolution Preservation Masters we have made low-resolution Access Copies which are available on Panopto: www.saic.edu/videos.

Future digitization projects will focus on audio and CD-ROM collections.