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From Cassette to Cloud: Reformatting Audiotape

Tuesday, 4/26/2016
1:00-2:00pm CT
Cost: Free

Oral histories can provide a wealth of information about individual and community life. These recordings are highly prized by historians and archivists, but also by the families and communities of the persons telling their stories. The risk of losing these voices is growing, as the cassettes or reels that they’re recorded on may no longer be playable, or may be deteriorating. However, the rewards for making efforts now to save these items for new generations are great. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure out what to do to ensure that you, your family, and your community have the opportunity to continue to hear these stories. What does it take to digitize audio recordings and what are the challenges to making them available?

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:

  • learn methods to evaluate audio formats, and the challenges associated with audiotape
  • be introduced to:
    • the equipment and software available to move obsolete audio into digital formats
    • the settings to use in digitizing audio in order to best meet needs and resources
    • file formats for digital audio
    • storage devices and options for different budgets
    • services and resources for audio digitization.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is primarily intended for individuals caring for audio collections but will also be of interest to local historical societies and other cultural heritage groups.


Krista White is Digital Humanities Librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark.

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