At Indiana University Bloomington, a task force has been working for a few years on a master plan for the preservation of audio, video, and film media that is held on this campus. Some of these items are cared for in archives and libraries while others are held in departments and centers. IU has a significant number of rare or unique recordings of important cultural and historical value. A thorough survey of media held on campus in 2009 revealed over 560,000 objects and many are at risk due to either the deterioration of media or format obsolescence (or both). Accessibility is also a challenge for many content holders.
The Media Preservation Initiative Task force has just completed a report that outlines a series of recommendations for media preservation and access on the Bloomington campus that will impact many who are working with legacy and born-digital media that is or will be preserved by IU Bloomington.
This 128-page report entitled "Meeting the Challenge of Media Preservation: Strategies and Solutions" is available for download at
"Meeting the Challenge" is the result of a year of research and planning by a campus-wide task force charged with addressing the problems identified in the earlier IU Bloomington media preservation survey report published in 2009. "Meeting the Challenge" explores a range of topics related to the preservation and conservation of audio, video, and film, including: guiding preservation principles, facility planning, prioritization, digitization methodologies, strategies for film, principles for access, technological infrastructure needs, and engagement with campus units and priorities. Although developed specifically for the Bloomington campus, the findings and analyses in "Meeting the Challenge" may be useful to universities and other organizations with media holdings.
Further information and both reports are available on the IU Bloomington media preservation website at the url provided above.