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The Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference
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5/11/2016 to 5/14/2016
When: 5/11/2016
Where: Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana 
United States
Contact: Brenda Nelson-Strauss

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It's the Association for Recorded Sound Collection's (ARSC) 50th annual conference! It will take place May 11-14, 2016, at the site of ARSC's inaugural conference -- Bloomington, Indiana. The Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, located in the historic Indiana Memorial Union, in the heart of the Indiana University campus, serves as the conference hotel.

The theme for this special conference is "Recorded Sound in the 21st Century: Preserving, Collecting, Collaborating & Connecting."

A two-day pre-conference workshop will precede the conference, May 10-11. This audio archiving boot camp, based on the recently published "ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation," will be held in IU's new facility for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.

A block of rooms has been reserved at special rates for ARSC conference attendees. Our contracted dates extend from Monday, May 9 through Saturday May 14, with Sunday departure. If you wish to reserve rooms outside of the Monday-Saturday room block, you must make reservations by telephone. Those attending the two-day pre-conference workshop should plan to arrive on Monday. The deadline to make reservations at the Biddle Hotel is April 18. Reservations made after this date, or after the room block is filled, will be on a space-available basis at the prevailing rate.

For more information about the hotel, room rates, and reservations:

Register early and save! In order to receive the early registration discount, you must register for the conference by April 18. Registration options are available for members and non-members. Online registration is now available at:

For further details about the conference:

For general information about the conference, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager and Local Arrangements:

To discuss or arrange sponsorship, exhibits, or advertising, contact Curtis Peoples, Assistant Conference Manager:


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.

This year's plenary sessions are: "ARSC at 50: A Retrospective" and "The Jazz Legacy of Indiana Avenue."

Session topics include:

  • Large Scale Media Digitization, Parts 1 and 2 
  • IRENE and Other Digitization Issues 
  • Archiving in the Digital Age 
  • Playback and Restoration 
  • Indiana Talent 
  • Artists & Repertoire
  • Cylinder Research 
  • Record Labels & Research 
  • Recorded Sound History Revisited 
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Recorded Sound 
  • Folklife and Ethnomusicology 
  • Oral Histories, Interviews, and Communications 
  • Collaborative Initiatives. 

The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board funded the international speakers for the Large-Scale Media Digitization sessions. For more about NRPB:

The fun continues after the sessions. Post-session events for the conference include a Thursday evening tour and reception at IU's new Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative facility (sponsored by Memnon).

On Friday evening, conference attendees are invited to attend a special film screening at the IU Cinema, a world-class THX certified venue, to see gems from film collections at Indiana University and the Library of Congress.

For this year's annual Friday-night roundtable, participants are invited to bring a crate of records they would like to sell or trade, and/or a record or two for show and tell. There's no special theme, just plan on some fun records and interesting discussion.
The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:


For this year's pre-conference workshop, the ARSC Education & Training Committee and Technical Committee present a Media Preservation Boot Camp, May 10-11.

Learn media preservation basics with workshops led by experts on a variety of topics at the IU Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative and Memnon Archiving Services joint digitization facility. Participants will be able to take a multitude of mini-workshops over the course of two days.

Choose among workshops such as:
  • Basics of tape and disc digitization 
  • Basics of video formats and digitization 
  • Preparing items for digitization 
  • Metadata for media preservation 
  • Creating media digitization facilities 
  • Quality control and quality assurance 
  • Care and maintenance of physical media 
  • Access and long-term storage systems 
  • Disaster planning and recovery 
  • Digital preservation workflows 
  • Copyright and legal issues 
  • and others. 

This two-day workshop is limited to 50 people. A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. Please register by April 18 to receive the early registration discounted price.

For more information, see:
or contact Karen Fishman,; Aaron Bittel,; Michael Casey,; or Mark Hood,


ARSC invites first-time conference attendees and conference veterans to participate in the Conference Mentoring Program during the conference. The program pairs newcomers with long-time members, based on their shared interests. Mentors provide mentees with an orientation to the conference, the association, and its participants in informal meetings over the course of the conference.

Please note: Only ARSC veterans who are committed to the mentoring program should volunteer. Mentors and mentees must be able to attend the newcomer orientation and welcoming gathering on May 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center.

For more information, visit:
or contact David Giovannoni,


The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards Banquet, preceded by a Happy Hour. Winners of the 2015 Awards for Excellence and 2016 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards will be honored. Finalists for the 2016 Awards for Excellence will be announced.  

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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