IASA publishes authoritative guide on handling and storage of sound and video recordings

In time for its Annual conference in Cape Town from 5-9 October, the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication:
Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers (IASA-TC 05), edited by Dietrich Schüller and Albrecht Häfner
IASA-TC 05 describes the main recording principles of sound and audiovisual carriers – mechanical, magnetic, and optical – their components, physical and chemical stability, and their vulnerability. Handling and environmental influences are discussed and recommendations are given for proper storage. It contains vital information about extending the life of the physical carrier and ensuring responsible care for its integrity, and as such fills a critical need in the complete understanding of managing a collection of sound and audiovisual materials.

This book brings together the extensive knowledge and expertise of Dietrich Schüller and Albrecht Häfner, and was actively reviewed and supplemented by the IASA Technical Committee. TC 05 provides information that complements and supports IASA’s guidelines on digitisation, and so ensures that the carriers are conserved in the best possible condition for eventual replay and digitisation.
Knowledge and expertise creates good archives, and IASA draws on two of its leading minds to share this with the sound and audiovisual archiving community. Dietrich Schüller will also present a tutorial based on TC 05 at IASA’s forthcoming annual conference in Cape Town, 5-9 October 2014 (http://2014.iasa-web.org/).
The new publication provides essential advice for all sound and audiovisual archivists. It joins the highly acclaimed IASA series Standards, Recommended Practices, and Strategies, prepared by the IASA Technical Committee. Other titles in the series are available: Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects IASA-TC 04 (2009), and The Safeguarding of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy IASA-TC 03 (2005).
Printed and in published September 2014 in the UK, 62 pp, illustrations in full colour.
ISBN 978-0-9930690-0-0
How to obtain your copy of IASA-TC 05
It can be purchased for Euros 20.00 as a paperback edition on high quality paper, or as a PDF download. IASA members can log into the IASA website and download a free PDF. Copies will also be on sale at the IASA conference.

For details: http://www.iasa-web.org/handling-storage-tc05