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ARSC Speakers Bureau

Recommendation 1.4 of the National Recording Preservation Plan (NRPP) outlines the need to "establish university-based degree programs in audio archiving and preservation." The Plan recognizes three core areas in which skills must be developed:

  1. Administration and management of archives and collections
  2. Physical conservation and reformatting of historical audio recording formats
  3. Management of digital audio assets and storage systems

Within ARSC's membership, there are experts in all of these areas who are enthusiastic to share their knowledge of these topics in a classroom setting. To further the goal set forth by Recommendation 1.4 of the NRPP, ARSC has established a speakers bureau where educators can connect with experts in audio preservation in order to arrange guest lectures, either in person or through distance learning technology.

Who can request a speaker?

The speakers bureau was conceived with a formal classroom setting in mind. Instructors in archives, library science, recording arts, folklore, and other relevant programs are strongly encouraged to include guest speakers in their curricula. However, non-profit groups interested in audio preservation with an audience of 15 or more people are also welcome to request speakers.

Is there a fee for using the speakers bureau?

No. The speakers bureau is provided as a free public service, but speakers may request compensation for travel beyond a distance specified by the speaker.

Request a Speaker

To request a speaker, please fill out this form. Please allow at least 3-4 weeks to process a speaker request.

List of Speakers


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