I'm delighted to circulate the next Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force conference, April 27, 28, 29, and 30th. The event features 340 participants across public, archival, historical, and curatorial sectors, who will discuss best practices in media history, digital and audio preservation, sound research, and copyright policy. Smithsonian Libraries and Archives and Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Heritage are holding a special "listening party" event at the Baird Auditorium on the last day of the conference.
Registration is free for the entire conference! We hope to see you there, whenever you can make it, be it for one day, one session, or just at the Baird on Sunday.
Besides our featured Smithsonian event - we have plenaries scheduled with Jad Abumrad of Radiolab with field recording legend Jim Mentzer, the Black Women in Radio preservation project, NPR's Kitchen Sisters, and Rick Prelinger, who will reflect on his decorated career as well as his current consultation work with the Internet Archive. A block schedule is posted at www.radiopreservation.org, and the full narrative schedule will be released at the same page this Friday.
Neil Verma (Northwestern University) is serving as this year's conference director. Many thanks to Neil for his work.
Josh Shepperd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Media Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
Director, Library of Congress SSP + RPTF Chair
Associate Editor, Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture