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The Axis of Access: Presenting Archival Video on the Web

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The Texas Archive of the Moving Image digitizes films, maintains a digital archive and provides access to the films via the TAMI Video Library (www.texasarchive.org).   By providing free digitization services in exchange for a license for educational use, TAMI's collection has grown from 200 films to over 8000 in only 2 years.   Although TAMI has permission to use each of these films,  TAMI chooses materials for inclusion in its library that represent Texas history and culture.  But what happens when that material might be offensive, incriminating, exploitative or otherwise inappropriate for the library's mixed audiences?   TAMI's Digital Librarian Megan Peck will discuss technical and ethical challenges of curating an online "rights free" video collection in regards to audiences, contributors and allowing for accurate historical representation.

Presenter: Megan Peck, Digital Librarian, Texas Archive of the Moving Image


Megan Peck is the Digital Librarian for the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI).  She joined TAMI in 2006 to establish the fledgling archive’s internal data management systems and online library of Texas related video.  Today, her responsibilities include collection management and curation of TAMI’s online video library and continued oversight of internal systems.  Prior to her work at TAMI, Megan was the archivist for ADD Inc, an architecture firm in Boston, MA, where she managed their paper and digital archives, and was also part of their database systems management and development team.  Megan holds a master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in History/Art History from Boston University.  She is a member of and serves as Webmaster for the Association of Moving Image Archivists.  She is currently consulting with the Center for Home Movies on the topic of crowd-sourcing and tagging home movies for their 2010 Home Movie Summit at the Library of Congress.


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