The 48th annual ARSC Conference, hosted by the Southern
Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina, will be held May 14-17, at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.
The hotel is just minutes from downtown and the University
of North Carolina, and within close proximity of Duke University and the Research Triangle Park. The Chapel Hill / Raleigh / Durham area boasts a vast array of museums, performing arts venues, and restaurants. Attractions include The Southern Folklife Collection, the Ackland Art Museum—UNC at Chapel Hill, Morehead Planetarium, North Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Botanical Garden, North Carolina Opera, and the North Carolina Symphony.
A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSC conference
attendees at the special rate of $124 for a standard room with one king or two double beds. Our contracted dates at the Sheraton are May 13–17 (with check out on May 18). ARSC group rates will be honored one day prior and three days after these dates, subject to availability.
The deadline to make reservations at the discounted rate is April
22. You are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as early as possible, since all rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve a room, follow the reservation instructions at http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/hotel.html.
Register early and save! Full conference registration
postmarked by April 22 is $160 for ARSC members, $185 for non-members, $75 for student members, and $85 for non-member students. Single-day registration is also available. For online registration: http://arsc-audio.org/conference/register/.
For further details about the conference: http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/.
For general information about the conference, or
sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-855-7530.
ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers talks and sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.
Scheduled presentations include:
What Do I Do With My Stuff? Perspectives on Archival Dispersal
Ted Olson: Let the Music Be Heard: Producing Appalachian Compilations for
a New Generation
Chris Lacinak: Recent, Free, Open-Source Tools for Preservation
Stephen Weiss: From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern
Thomas Pease: Documentary Radio Programs & Archiving: Where Do We Start?
Allison Schein, Tony Macaluso, Anne Wootton: Sharing Studs Terkel's Radio
Archives with the World
Al Schlachtmeyer & Sok Min Seo: Preserving the UN's Concert Recordings
Eric Breitung & Ellen Hartig: Cleaning Solutions for Heavily Degraded
Heather M. Darnell: How the Federal Government Transformed Folk Music
Documentation & Preservation during the Great Depression
Musical Recycling: Producing Reissues through the Years
Kinney Rorrer: I'm the Man That Rode the Mule 'Round the World: Charlie
Poole & Tin Pan Alley
Callie Holmes: Digitizing an Archival Oral History Collection with
Rabia Gibbs: The University of Tennessee's WWII Oral History Digitization
David Lewis: When Summer Is Gone: The Life & Legacy of Bandleader Hal
Mike Casey & Chris Lacinak: The End of Analog Audiovisual Media: The Cost
of Inaction and What You Can Do
On Friday evening, you are invited to attend the Technical
Committee Open Session (tentative).
The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can
be viewed at http://www.arsc-audio.or /conference/.
Audiotape Playback Workshop
On May 14, the ARSC Technical Committee presents its "Audiotape Playback Workshop." This hands-on, elementary workshop is designed to familiarize attendees with basic best practices regarding audiotape handling, identification and playback. After an historical overview of the medium, experienced engineers will guide you through the processes of inspecting and playing back audiotape for reformatting or monitoring purposes. You will get to physically handle several tapes and learn how to re-house audio cassettes. Preservation issues faced by this format will be discussed. The workshop is limited to 18 attendees, so sign up now!
A separate registration fee applies for the workshop.
Pre-registration is required. For more information, see http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/2014_PreConfWorkshops.html
or contact Marcos Sueiro Bal, email@example.com.
All Things Digital Workshop
On May 14, the ARSC Education & Training Committee presents "All
Things Digital: Managing Digital Audio Collections." This day-long workshop will bring together professionals from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the management of file-based audio collections, digitized and born digital. Our speakers will look at different aspects of digital collections including digital curation, collecting born-digital recordings, ingest, access, delivery, cost issues and funding, best formats for storage, and prioritizing and migration strategies for future storage. ARSC is offering this workshop in a live-streaming, online version for those who are unable to attend in person. An archived version will be made available to all registrants, for a limited time.
A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. Pre-registration is required. For more information, see http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/2014_PreConfWorkshops.html or contact Karen Fishman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-5856, or Aaron
Bittel, email@example.com, 310-825-1695.
Newcomer Orientation and Mentoring Program
If this is your first time attending an ARSC conference—
welcome! To introduce you to the conference and other members, we encourage you
to participate in the Mentoring Program. During the Newcomers Orientation,
first-time attendees will be paired with Mentors, typically long-time ARSC
members. Mentors will answer your
questions about ARSC and the conference, and introduce you to others with
similar interests and goals.
Please note: Only long-time ARSC members who plan to attend
the conference, and are seriously committed to our mentoring program should volunteer.
For more information, visit http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/
or contact Sara Velez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reception and Record Sale—Southern Folklife Collection
UNC's Southern Folklife Collection will host a genuine Carolina
BBQ reception for ARSC conference attendees on Thursday evening, May 15, in
Wilson Library, on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Find a lost gem in their surplus record sale, and take a tour of the Southern Folklife Collection, one of the nation's foremost archives of American Vernacular Music.
The conference will conclude on Saturday evening, May 17, with the annual Awards Banquet in the hotel's Venetian Room, preceded by a Happy Hour. Winners of the 2013 and 2014 ARSC Awards will be honored.
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings— in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.