AMIA 2015 Double Session on Education and Core Competencies
Part 1: Taking Stock – Archival Education in Transition
The full text (minus personal contact info for speakers) of our proposal submission on A/V archiving education programs for the 2015 AMIA conference follows. We hope this information will be of value to potential attendees of this session, and as an example of a successful conference session proposal for students and others who are submitting for future conferences.
Chair/Proposer: Snowden Becker, UCLA
Panelist #1: Jeffrey L. Stoiber, George Eastman House/L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation
Panelist #2: Howard Besser, NYU
Panelist #3: Eric Rosenzweig, FAMU
Panelist #4: Madeline Bates, Creative Skillset/FOCAL International
Panelist #5: Marijke de Valck, UvA (via Skype)
New audiovisual archiving and preservation programs launching this year in London, Prague, and Potsdam, and significant changes taking place in some of the longest-running degree programs in this field, signal that it’s time to take stock of the state of professional education in audiovisual preservation and archiving. Representatives from new and established programs will provide comprehensive updates on their successes (and frustrations) to date, as well as their current status, philosophical approaches, and future plans.
As the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation matures, and as the tools and technologies we rely upon in our work evolve, the education programs providing gateways to this profession are also changing to keep pace. Some of these changes are structural, such as the expansion of the Selznick School’s one-year certificate program into an optional two-year MA degree; some involve new pedagogical approaches and business models, such as the new funded apprenticeships launched this year by Creative Skillset and FOCAL International. All programs, are engaging along with the rest of the field with the significant challenges posed by digital production, distribution, and access for audiovisual media, and incorporating digital tools and technologies into their curricula in different ways.
This panel will bring together representatives from both long-established and brand-new education programs seeking to meet employers’ needs, anticipate cultural and technological trends, and effectively transmit the growing base of knowledge generated by audiovisual preservation practitioners and archival scholars. A comparative overview of the represented programs’ key features will introduce and provide background for each speaker’s discussion of changes their programs have already undergone—or anticipate will take place in the near future—and provide a state-of-the-field snapshot for teachers, learners, employers, and a broad range of other stakeholders.
Note: While time will be allotted for Q&A, this panel is designed to lead into a companion session on core competencies for audiovisual archivists and future directions for the field. All speakers will convene at the end of the second session for an extended town-hall discussion period on education for A/V preservation and archiving.
While a growing percentage of people entering the field in the last two decades have specialized training in audiovisual archiving and preservation, there are still many colleagues who have little sense of what the various degree and certificate programs cover, what their relative strengths and differences are, and what goals they have for their graduates as new contributors to the profession. This session seeks, first and foremost, to acquaint the broadest possible cross-section of the membership with how each of the existing programs works to educate and prepare the next generation of moving image archiving and preservation professionals. Those new to the field and considering options for obtaining professional credentials will find the comprehensive overview of the different programs enlightening, but senior colleagues who teach about A/V archives and preservation in non-specialized degree programs, mentor emerging professionals, or seek to employ program graduates will find this discussion of particular interest as well.
Those attending this session should receive a clear understanding of new and established programs’ varied approaches to A/V preservation and archiving education, the represented programs’ salient features, and the goals and visions of those working to prepare the next generation of audiovisual archivists through formal training.