Preservation Week: April 22- 29, 2012. This week on the blog we're highlighting Preservation Week with daily pointers for preserving your personal collections.Videotape recorders and birthdays. Videotape recorders and graduation. Videotape recorders and weddings. Got the picture? Videotape recorders once captured many of these special moments. As time passes these video tapes and video tape players are a dying technology.
To ensure that your recordings remain watchable it is best to digitize or reformat the tape. This won’t preserve the original tape medium, but will convert the video content to a digital copy that can be accessed and migrated over time.
- The Library of Congress has created instructions for digitizing home video.
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work has a guide for care and storage of videotape.
Preservation Week at Dartmouth College Library is part of an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness of preservation issues and solutions. For more information visit our website.