CHICAGO—Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists, a new book by Anthony Cocciolo, offers best practice for specific media formats to preserve and make accessible the moving image and sound record. This book is for every archivist (or archivist-in-training) who has opened a box or file cabinet or otherwise unearthed some carrier of moving image and sound and has wondered what to do. You may not recognize the format, know if it held video or audio, or know how to describe the item. It’s even possible that you don’t recognize it as a carrier of moving image and sound. Most archivists encounter and most archives contain some form of moving image and sound material. Cocciolo applies concepts of appraisal, description, and accessioning to audiovisual collections, providing a solid grounding for archivists in environ-ments where resources for description, digitization, and storage are scarce.
“As a starting point for archivists working with the incredible range of moving image and sound materials found in collections today, you could not ask for better. Readers will come away feeling informed and empowered. . . . Cocciolo’s book should have a place on the shelves of archivists who want to provide the very best care for their collections, which is to say, every archivist,” said Snowden Becker, program manager for Moving Image Archive Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
About the author: Anthony Cocciolo is interim dean and associate professor at Pratt Institute School of Information in New York City. His research and teaching are in born-digital archiving, digitization, and computer-mediated access as well as moving image and sound archiving. He earned his doctorate from the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and received a BS in computer science from the University of California, Riverside.