Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) at University of Maryland Libraries collects performing arts materials that preserve performance practice, instruction, and scholarship, including the full scope of audiovisual (AV) formats. The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives at SCPA contains, among common print archival materials, a significant number of AV materials. This collection is examplar of the numerous challenges facing AV digitization and preservation projects in university libraries and archives, including determining metadata standards and best practices, describing at the appropriate level, handling technical and personnel issues, and working with vendors. In this article we outline the decisions made for this project, our ultimate workflow, lessons learned, and future plans.
Parker, Bria; Pike, Robin C.; and Novara, Vincent,
"“Is This Enough?” Digitizing Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives Media,"
Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/vol34/iss1/11
Overview of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives and the company
Lerman Video 2.mp4 (73842 kB)
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives acquisition history and predominant formats
Lerman Video 3.mp4 (121168 kB)
Digitization workflows and vendor technical specifications
Lerman Video 4.mp4 (65735 kB)
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange collection description and metadata
Lerman Video 5.mp4 (71494 kB)
Examples of inherent issues and issues caused by degradation in videotape