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2013 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Conference
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5/15/2013 to 5/18/2013
When: 5/15/2013
Where: Marriott Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri 
United States
Contact: Brenda Nelson-Strauss

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The 47th annual ARSC Conference will be held May 15-18, 2013 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will host the conference.

The hotel, in the heart of Kansas City, overlooks Country Club Plaza, a premier shopping and entertainment district. The Marr Sound Archives, located at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC, is not far from the conference venue. Local attractions include: the American Jazz Museum, Arabia Steamboat Museum, Hallmark Visitors Center, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Kansas City Zoo, Jesse James Farm and Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSC conference attendees at the special rate of $129 for a standard room, single or double occupancy. Our contracted dates at the Marriott are May 14-18. Group rates will be honored three days before and after these dates, pending availability.

Rooms must be reserved by April 23, though you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as early as possible. All rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a room, follow the reservation instructions at the bottom of this page:

Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by April 23 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:

Further details about the conference are here:

For general information about the conference, or sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager, at 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:

-- The National Recording Preservation Plan: Numerous talks about the recently published Library of Congress Plan. Speakers: Patrick Loughney, Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Tim Brooks, Bob Heiber, Carl Haber, Sam Brylawski, and others.

-- Technical Committee Session: Gimme Your Gigabytes: Digital Storage Options for Small Audio Archives

-- Eric Breitung, et al.: A Rapid and Non-Destructive Pre-Playback Tape Degradation Identification Method

-- Tyra Grant and Brandon Burke: From Audio House to the Roadhouse: Profiling Unique Collections Requiring Diverse Solutions

-- Jolene Beiser: Developing a Customizable, Interactive Website/Content Management System on a Listener-Supported Budget

-- Guha Shankar: Please Mind the Gap: Civil Rights Collections Then and Now in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

-- Chuck Haddix: Early Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker in Kansas City

-- Gary Galo: Lauritz Melchior: A 40th Anniversary Tribute

-- Rainer Lotz: American Jazz Bands in the Weimar Republic: Shaping Style in the Diaspora and Unnoticed at Home

-- Ralph Pugh: Audio Files on the "Voices of the Holocaust” Website

-- Roberta Freund Schwartz: Sweet Home Chicago: Recording Blues in the Windy City in the 1930s

-- Seth Winner: Remembering David Hamilton: 1935-2013

You are invited to attend the Technical Committee’s Open Meeting with question-and-answer session, on Friday evening.

The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:


On May 15, the Education and Training Committee hosts "Discovery Access Methods for Sound Recording Collections.” This day-long workshop brings together professionals from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how audio resources can be found -- and made findable -- in libraries, archives, digital collections, and discographies.

Once again, ARSC is offering its pre-conference workshop in a live-streaming online version for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. An archived version will be made available to all workshop registrants for a limited time. The workshop is approved for five Archival Recertification Credits through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. Pre-registration is required. For more information, see:

or contact Karen Fishman,, 202-707-5856, or Aaron Bittel,, 310-825-1695.


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.

Veteran ARSC members who plan to attend the conference are urged to become a Mentor and participate in this rewarding program.


The Miller Nichols Library, on the UMKC campus, is hosting a reception for conference attendees on Thursday evening, May 16. Tours of the Marr Sound Archives, Special Collections, and the Music/Media Library will be offered. The library’s robotic retrieval system will be on display. The Miller Nichols Library is a short walk from the conference hotel.


The conference will conclude on Saturday evening, May 18, with the annual Awards Banquet in the hotel’s Seville Ballroom. Winners of the 2012 and 2013 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.

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