November 24, 2015

Vinyl-Loving Librarian Speaks About Preservation Week [video]

Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, likes records. And he’d like to see others be able to listen to them decades down the road; fortunately, he’s in the right profession.  In a video produced for Preservation Week, he describes his personal collection and philosophy on preservation:

Don’t miss the Captain Beefheart and Mothers of Invention albums in there. Seems taste isn’t dead after all, and future generations might just have a chance at having some–if librarians can figure out the best way to preserve these popular and other less popular but essential materials.

via Preservation Week: A Vinyl Obsession | At Your Library.

See also: the Preservation Week website, as well as the latest on music and digital preservation from the Library of Congress:

Library of Congress Sets Goals in Digital Preservation Report, Including Push for Copyright Change
Library of Congress Study Shows Dire State of Sound Recording Preservation

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  1. I find a particular value in playing a record in its original format. Some more modern records sound awful on vinyl and are better off kept digital. Unfortunately, most people aren’t music snobs or audiophiles, and vinyl, like 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs, was doomed for the cutout bin.
    Still, I’d hate to see library vinyl collections end up in non-circulation or confined to listening rooms due to the vulnerability of the medium.


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