The Carsey-Wolf Center is pleased to support Professor Dana Driskel (Film and Media Studies) in attending the Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School (BAVASS), to be held at Indiana University in summer 2019. The summer school, the first of its kind in the United States, is an initiative of IU Libraries Moving Image Archive in collaboration with International Federation of Film Archives and Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations. The preservation of audio-visual cultural heritages is the core mission of archivists. All audio-visual collections age and deteriorate, and archival collections have expanded exponentially in the digital age. Training, outreach, and assistance programs play a vital role in providing guidance to professionals whose responsibility is preservation and access. The vision of the School is to start a collaborative network of film archivists to improve adherence to film archival standards.
The rigorous summer school includes both lectures and hands-on sessions in topics like film preservation and conservation, film restoration, digitization, disaster recovery simulation, cataloging, and programming. Upon returning from the School, Professor Driskel will continue overseeing and modernizing UCSB’s film and media archive.