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An Introduction to Managing Audio-Visual Collections

  • 28 Nov 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom - link to come in registration confirmation email


The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

An Introduction to Managing Audio-Visual Collections

This half-day workshop will provide a broad introductory overview of key issues affecting audio-visual collections.  From audio to film to video, there is a huge spectrum of formats and issues to be aware of as an archivist. We will discuss format identification, appraisal and assessment of incoming AV donations, common preservation issues for a variety of formats, digitization, digital file standards and metadata, and providing access. The focus will be on physical records, with a brief discussion of born-digital AV material. Please bring concerns that your archive is working through, and we can explore those issues together.   

Participants will learn:

·          How context informs format identification  

·          Preservation techniques for a variety of formats 

·          When to consider in-house vs. outsourcing of AV digitization 

When:  November 28 at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

Where:  Zoom link to come in registration confirmation email

Cost*:  $80 (AAO members), $50 (AAO student members), $120 (non-members)

*There will be limited fully subsidized workshop spots for participants that are students and/or precariously employed (on a first come, first served basis). Please contact for details.

About the instructor:

Dave Pascoe is a Media Specialist at the University of Toronto’s Media Commons Archives where he provides preservation and access to audiovisual materials.  Building on a unique skillset in the media production industry, Dave began working in the archive sector after recognizing the need to preserve historical audiovisual materials that were quickly becoming inaccessible.  Dave has worked on everything from Indigenous Oral History collections to studio recordings to documentary films.  He can usually be found tinkering with machines, debugging a workstation, or more often, chatting over coffee!   

Format: Lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and Q&A

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded

Registration: A minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 50 online participants may register for this event. Institutional members can register three participants at the members rate. If you require additional time to prepare payment, please contact to set up an invoice.

Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct and is subject to the AAO’s Cancellation Policy. Questions about the workshop can be directed to the PDC Chair and Vice-Chair at

705-1 Eglinton Ave. East

Toronto ON

M4P 3A1

(647) 343-3334

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