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Association for Recorded Sound Collections 48th Annual Conference
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5/14/2014 to 5/17/2014
When: 5/14/2014
Where: Sheraton Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Brenda Nelson-Strauss

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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

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:

For further details about the conference:

For general information about the conference, or sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager, at or 812-855-7530.

Conference Program

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
  • Traditional Music
  • 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
  • Archive
  • Eric Breitung & Ellen Hartig: Cleaning Solutions for Heavily Degraded
  • Lacquered Discs
  • 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
  • Limited Resources
  • Rabia Gibbs: The University of Tennessee's WWII Oral History Digitization
  • Project
  • David Lewis: When Summer Is Gone: The Life & Legacy of Bandleader Hal
  • Kemp
  • 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 or contact Marcos Sueiro Bal,

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 or contact Karen Fishman,, 202-707-5856, or Aaron Bittel,, 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 or contact Sara Velez,

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.

Awards Banquet

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.

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