DHPSNY: Identifying Endangered Media Formats


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CCAHA is committed to providing universal access to our programs. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs; please contact Liyah Desher, by email at ldesher@dhpsny.org or by phone 215-545-0613 ext. 317, at least seven days prior to the start of this event to make specific arrangements.


Endangered media formats such as floppy disks, u-matic tapes, and data tapes pose difficult preservation questions for collecting institutions. These increasingly obsolete media formats are sometimes pushed to the side when organizing and preserving archival collections, simply because we often don't know what to do with them. Join Julia Novakovic, Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play, as she shares her experience with identifying and caring for endangered media formats. This webinar will also address topics such as developing surveys for media collections, finding reference information on these formats, and determining next steps for what you might want to do once you have these numbers.

About the Speaker:

Julia Novakovic is the Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. She processes, preserves, and makes accessible the archival collections housed in the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play; these materials include papers of toy inventors, video game designers, play scholars, and game company records. Julia earned her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the History & Political Science department at Nazareth College. Julia has appeared on the television quiz programs Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, and she co-hosts Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast.

About Documentary Preservation & Heritage Services for New York (DHPSNY)

The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) program is a five-year initiative providing free planning and education services to New York State's collecting institutions. The program is overseen by the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education, with services administered by CCAHA.

The DHPSNY team delivers education programming, Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance to organizations in every corner of New York State. They serve the libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other institutions that safeguard New York's heritage.

Visit the DHPSNY website to learn more about their free programs and services.