In August 2014, the Southern Folklife Collection received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to explore new prioritization models and workflows to aid in a large-scale digitization and access program for its vast audiovisual holdings. Titled Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources, the grant project began with a 6-month consultation with AVPreserve, a New York-based consulting company specializing in collection assessments, digitization workflows, and data management. Following the 12 months of planning and development, the project was generously awarded three additional years of funding from the Mellon Foundation.
In these three years (2015-2018), the project team will initiate pilot tests and fully implement an audiovisual preservation program to increase the rate at which recordings are processed, digitized, preserved, and made accessible. The work accomplished during this critical stage will help to ensure that all unique SFC audio and video recordings can be preserved before degradation and obsolescence render them unplayable.
To see updates on our progress, continue following our collection blog Field Trip South.