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Libraries' Media Center screens Films from the Vault

May 19, 2010


Contact: John Vallier
Head, Distributed Media Services
(206) 616-1210

Media Contact: A.C. Petersen
Libraries Communications Officer
(206) 543-9389


May 19, 2010

Libraries Media Center screens and digitizes Films from the Vault, May 26

Join in the fun as the UW Media Center in Odegaard Undergraduate Library shows 22 short films and simultaneously digitizes them for preservation, May 26, 9am – 5pm in Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL) room 220. FREE

See lazy woodcutters being mocked. Potential marriage partners being evaluated. Olympic marmots being introduced. Czechoslovakia being historicized.

UW films are scheduled from 12-2; titles include a documentary on the Village Potters of Onda, produced by Prof. Robert Sperry;and Felicia, filmed by a young woman in her neighborhood in Watts, California.

For a complete schedule, see <http://uwmediacenter.blogspot.com/>

Media Center technicians will be on hand, rolling out wizened 16mm film from the Educational Media Collection bunker and then projecting them in all of their deteriorating analog glory. While films are projected, they will simultaneously be digitized for preservation at the UW Libraries. Films will be played on a telecine, which looks like a traditional film projector but converts the film signal into a video signal, which goes through a computer, and is digitized.

These films (and about 4000 other titles) are part of the Educational Media Collection (EMC) which were previously held by UW’s Classroom Support Services in Kane Hall but were transferred to the Libraries Media Center in late 2008.

“The Media Center has been digitizing since mid-2009, as many UW professors, and researchers from afar, still want access to many of these titles,” said John Vallier, Head of Media Services. “While most of them were published and distributed some time ago, it is now extremely difficult to track down titles. In many cases we appear to have the only remaining copies.”

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contact: A.C. Petersen, Libraries Communications Officer