Profile: Mike Mashon

Head of Moving Image, LoC

Mike Mashon is Head of the Moving Image Section and has been with the Library since 1998. A native of Baton Rouge, La., he received his B.S. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Maryland. His favorite movies are from the early 1930s, his favorite television program is The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and his musical tastes more or less froze in the 1980s, yet he spends a lot of time planning for preservation of and provision of access to digital content. He doesn't watch nearly as much TV as he would like, but does enjoy obsessing over LSU football.

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Preserving Audio Cylinders: Edison to the Archeophone

The following is a guest post by Audio Preservation Specialist Brad McCoy.
Collections tend to take pride of place in any discussion of moving images and sound recordings at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. It’s understandable — we like talking about the more than 5 million items in our collective care. But we’re also responsible for preserving these sound recordings, films, and videos in order to ensure their survival and make them available for researcher access, and for that we need 1) playback equipment; 2) parts to maintain the equipment; 3) the knowledge to sustain the equipment; and finally 4) the expertise to make the best possible transfer.

Category: History

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