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Audiovisual Preservation Bibliography



Adelstein, Peter Z. IPI Media Storage Quick Reference. Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 2004.

Bay Area Video Coalition. “AV Artifact Atlas.” n.d.

Casey, Mike. Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET): Format Characteristics and Preservation Problems Version 1.0. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 2007.

Library of Congress. “Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell.” Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002.

Schüller, Dietrich. “Audio and Video Carriers: Recording Principles, Storage and Handling, Maintenance of Equipment, Format and Equipment Obsolescence,” edited by George Boston. 2008.

St-Laurent, Gilles. “The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials.” 1996.


Magnetic Media


Association of Moving Image Archivists. “Videotape Preservation Fact Sheets.”

Jimenez, Mona, and Liss Platt. Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide. Austin: Texas Commission on the Arts, 2004.

King, Gretchen. “Magnetic Wire Recordings: A Manual Including Historical Background, Approaches to Transfer and Storage, and Solutions to Common Problems.” n.d.

Van Bogart, John W. C. Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives. Washington, DC: The Commission on Preservation and Access; St. Paul, MN: National Media Laboratory, 1995.

Wheeler, Jim.  Videotape Preservation Handbook.  2002.


Optical Media


Bradley, Kevin. "Risks Associated with the Use of Recordable CDs and DVDs as Reliable Storage Media in Archival Collections—Strategies and Alternatives." Paris: UNESCO, 2006.

Byers, Fred R. Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources; Gaithersburg, MD: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2003.

Finch, Lorraine, and John Webster. Caring for CDs and DVDs. London: National Preservation Office, 2008.

Iraci, Joe. Longevity of Recordable CDs and DVDs. CCI Notes 19/1. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2010.

Iraci, Joe. Remedies for Deteriorated or Damaged Modern Information Carriers. Technical Bulletin 27. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2005.


Motion-Picture Film


Bigourdan, Jean-Louis, Liz Coffey, and Dwight Swanson. “Film Forever: The Home Film Preservation Guide.” Association of Moving Image Archivists, n.d. 

Library of Congress. “Care, Handling and Storage of Motion Picture Film.” 1998.

Read, Paul, and Mark-Paul Meyer, eds. Restoration of Motion Picture Film. Oxford: Butterworth/Heinemann, 2000.

Reilly, James M. IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film. Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1993.


Mechanical Media


Klinger, Bill. “Cylinder Records: Significance, Production, and Survival.” Library of Congress, 2007.


Standards & Best Practices



AES-22:1997 (r2003) AES Recommended Practice for Audio Preservation and RestorationStorage of Polyester-Base Magnetic Tape

AES-49:2005 (r2010) AES Standard for Audio Preservation and Restoration—Magnetic TapeCare and Handling Practices for Extended Usage

AES-57:2011 AES Standard for Audio MetadataAudio Object Structures for Preservation and Restoration

AES-60:2011 AES Standard for Audio MetadataCore Audio Metadata

ISO 18923:2000 Imaging MaterialsPolyester-Base Magnetic TapeStorage Practices

ISO 18925:2002 Imaging MaterialsOptical Disc MediaStorage Practices

ISO 18933:2012 Imaging MaterialsMagnetic TapeCare and Handling Practices for Extended Usage

SMPTE RP-103 Care, Storage, Operation, Handling and Shipping of Magnetic Recording Tape for Television

SMPTE RP-190:1996 Care and Preservation of Audio Magnetic Recordings



Casey, Mike, and Bruce Gordon, eds. Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2007.

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative. Audio Analog-to-Digital Converter Performance Specification and Test Method: Introduction, 2012.

IASA-TC 03:2005 Safeguarding the Audio Visual Heritage: Ethics, Principles, and Preservation Strategy.

IASA-TC 04:2009 Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects.