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Monday, October 26 • 22:00 - 22:30
80 Years of Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress: Preserving Collections from the Physical to Digital

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The Library of Congress has been recording, curating and archiving literary audio since the early 1940s— collections that include voices of some of the most prominent poets and writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

From a case study perspective, this presentation will offer a brief overview of the 80-year history of the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) and the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT), exploring how the archives were made and continue to be made accessible to increasingly diverse audiences; the transition from analog to digital formats; and how these collections demonstrate that the Library of Congress is not just a collections repository, but also a content creator and cultural beacon.

Specifically, this presentation will delve into the crucial collaboration between archive curators and digital content experts. The release of digitized audio recordings for ARPL and AHLOT represent two of the Library’s first formalized projects that helped establish formative institutional workflows to document digital processing, metadata best practices, and publishing procedures. These laid the foundation for similar digital preservation practices that the institution continues to build upon for other projects, and demonstrate the vital role that digitally accessible collections play in creating and sustaining cultural value and access.

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Margarida Ullate i Estanyol

Sound & AV Unit Director, Biblioteca de Catalunya
Director of the Sound & Audiovisual Unit in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, a national Library for Catalan bibliographic heritage. The collection of recordings includes Spanish Legal Deposit from 1958 and the tapes collection of Radio Barcelona (1924-). The Library is centered in collecting... Read More →

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Kristy Darby

Digital Projects Coordinator, Library of Congress
Kristy Darby is a digital collections specialist in the Library of Congress’s Digital Content Management Section. Her professional interests include digital preservation, metadata, and advancing open access.
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Anne Holmes

Digital Content Manager, Library of Congress
Anne Holmes is the digital content manager in the Library of Congress’s Poetry and Literature Center, where she curates and manages the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature among other literary digital initiatives. She is interested in enhancing the public’s appreciation... Read More →
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Camille Salas

Digital Content Management Assistant Head, Library of Congress
Camille Salas is an Assistant Head in the Digital Content Management Section, where she coordinates a variety of digital projects to document and sustain digital preservation processes and procedures to grow and maintain the Library’s permanent digital collections. She is interested... Read More →
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Catalina Gómez

Reference Librarian, Library of Congress
Catalina Gómez is a reference librarian in the Library of Congress’s Hispanic Division. She curates and manages the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, works on outreach and digital humanities projects, and is in charge of developing the library's collections on Latin American... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 22:00 - 22:30 GMT
b. Session 1