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Welcome Our Newest AVPeep!
January Jones (not that one) Joins the AVP Team!

AVP has expanded our client services team with a new AVPeep- January Jones. January joins AVP as the Director of Client Engagement. Her background in multi-media journalism, media preservation, strategic planning and community services makes a perfect storm of curiosity that drives her genuine interest in cultivating collaborative work with our clients. She continually seeks inspiration for AVP, adventuring through media, archival and technology conferences to expand AVP’s professional network. January says AVP's company values and culture is a major reason she wanted to join the team- "I want to do work that is fulfilling and authentic. I’ve been intentional about shaping a career where I can preserve my personal ethics and believe AVP is a company where that is a welcomed way to work.” Sit down with January and you’ll soon excitedly be hatching a plan to go after your biggest opportunities, launch large strategic initiatives, or tackle your greatest challenges with someone who cares about your mission as much as you do. 

Project Highlight
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting AMS 2.0

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) was established to protect, preserve, and provide access to Public Broadcast content produced over the past 60 years. In 2011, when the AAPB needed to develop a platform for managing the metadata and digitization process they turned to AVP to help develop the Archival Management System (AMS). In 2017, with new technologies, evolving needs, and greater insights, the AAPB engaged AVP again to develop the AMS 2.0. Read more here.


How to Aviary

Wondering how to utilize the Aviary platform? The "How to Aviary" series will be helpful to you! The series of quick insights and videos will introduce you to the basics of Aviary. Learn how to subscribe to Aviary by viewing Lesson 1 here.

Want a Personalized Demo of Aviary?

Book a time here and we'll show you how it could work for your organization. 

Welcome New Subscribers!

The Aviary team would like to welcome our new subscribers:

Latest Features

Aviary keeps getting better! Every two weeks we do tweaks and updates! Now you can enable an RSS Feed for each of your collections. This is specifically useful for podcasts and turns Aviary into a podcast syndicator. Find out what else is new here.

Blogs & Resources

Bird Is The Word: The Closed Loop Problem

By Chris Lacinak

Nature abhors a vacuum and content abhors closed loops. In-video and in-audio search features have been limited in most streaming tools. Find out more about what the closed loop problem is, why it happens, and how Aviary overcomes it. Read more here. 

The Cost of Inaction Calculator

Physical audiovisual media collections are at risk for extreme levels of loss if action is not taken to preserve them in the immediate term. Most archives are well aware of this critical issue, but are unable to move forward with preservation projects because it is difficult to quantify the intellectual impact and cost impact of action or inaction in order to advocate and secure budgets. Our Cost of Inaction Calculator changes that. Read more here.

From the Field

AVP President Chris Lacinak Featured in New Podcast

Is AVP a better, faster, happier organization? Hear AVP President Chris Lacinak works to make it that way in this interview with Nancy Evbuomwan in her new podcast- "Better Faster Happier."  Listen to it here.

AVP's Kara Van Malssen Teaches at Global AV Boot Camp

What did you do on your summer vacation? AVP Partner and Senior Consultant Kara Van Malssen was one of many participating in the first workshop of the new Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School. Read about the program and why it's important here. 

AVPeep Spotlight

ARSC_board_2019We’d like to shine the spotlight on Rebecca Chandler, Senior Consultant at AVP and the new president-elect of ARSC. The Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit made up of private individuals and institutional professionals dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC notably contributed to the publication of the ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation in 2015 that is used globally as a reference guide.

At AVP, Rebecca specializes in audiovisual collection care and management in support of preservation, planning, and advocacy. Rebecca is also an experienced audio engineer, having worked in audio post-production at Broadway Video, Creative Group, and Sony Music Studios. She earned her MLIS with an Archives certificate from Pratt Institute and holds a BM in Music Technology from NYU. In addition to ARSC, Rebecca has also served on the board of the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (Director of Membership), the Society of American Archivists Audio and Moving Image Section (Steering Committee and Newsletter Editor), and the New England Archivists Moving Image and Recorded Sound Section (Steering Committee).

What was your first involvement with ARSC?

I first became a member of ARSC in 2014 and attended my first conference that year. I co-presented a segment of the pre-conference workshop “All Things Digital - Managing Digital Audio Collections” and was hooked! I have been a member and have attended each conference ever since.

Why did you decide to run for ARSC President?

I view recorded sound from the angles of musician, audio engineer, and archivist; where those three diverse roles converge is ARSC. I cannot think of a community better suited to leading the charge to preserve, contextualize, share, and enjoy recorded sound than ARSC. However, as I became more familiar with the organization, I began to realize those in attendance at the annual conferences did not necessarily represent the full demographic of the field. I have spent most of my life in male-dominated fields, first as a trumpet player, then as an audio engineer, and have come to the conclusion that we all benefit from diverse perspectives and that ARSC would be no different. So I decided to throw my hat into the ring! I am beyond thrilled that the membership has decided to take a chance on me, and it will also be important to acknowledge other groups that are not currently represented by ARSC leadership and membership and to bridge those gaps in the coming years.

Why should people want to be involved with ARSC?

I deeply believe in the importance of recorded sound as part of the historical record. It is powerful in ways the written word or score is not. ARSC is a community of folks committed to advocating for, preserving, and sharing this knowledge with the wider world. ARSC is full of some of the most intelligent (albeit stubborn) people I know, who are passionate about the joy, knowledge, and history recorded sound can bestow. ARSC members are generous with their expertise and opinions and it is a great place for growth, whether you are a young professional in the archives world, a fresh face looking to get into collecting, or someone more experienced who is willing to share their vast knowledge.

Conference News & Notes


AVP's Bertram Lyons, Kerri Willette and January Jones will be in Austin at the Society of American Archivists and COSA's joint conference, Archives Records 2019. The team wants to meet with you! Click here to book a time with us from August 2- 5 to talk about a project or see how our Aviary platform could work for your AV content. Make sure to stop by and get a cute birdie button at Booth 411 in the Expo Hall on Monday!


AVP's Bertram Lyons, Kerri Willette and Pamela Vizner Oyarce will be at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, in Hilversum, Netherlands for the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2019 conference from September 30 to October 3, 2019. This will be the 50th year! Check out our session with Bert on Aviary, the composition of digital AV files and how to improve metadata in DPX files. Pamela will be presenting on preserving Chilean independent media. Catch Kerri at our booth for a demo of Aviary! 

Joint Technical Symposium (JTS)

JTS is an international scientific and technical symposium dealing with matters of particular importance to audiovisual archives and archivists. This year it takes place after IASA in the same location in the Netherlands from October 3 to 5, 2019. Bertram Lyons and AVP partner Dan Fisher from Portal Media will share ground-breaking work on using source-specific format structures to identify the provenance of digital video files during a presentation on October 5th at noon. Later that day at 2:30 pm, Bert and Jon Dunn from Indiana University present about AMP- an AV metadata platform to support mass description. Check out the whole JTS schedule here.

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