This month doctoral candidate Jim Jones presented his digital preservation work at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies 60th Annual Conference (SCMS 2019) and participated in the PBCore Workshop for Public Media Users and Educators.
At SCMS 2019, which was held March 13-17 in Seattle, Jones presented with other media preservation educators at the Roundtable on Physical Media and Pedagogy in Archival Practices and Information Literacy. The workshop focused on topics related to educating students about physical film, moving image equipment, and managing paper collections. In his talk, "Co-teaching for hands-on digital preservation instruction," he discussed issues such as procuring media materials and playback tools for students, finding hands-on opportunities on and off campus, getting students to consider the physicality of media in the era of streaming, and teaching the legacy of AV preservation in online courses.
Jones received a full scholarship to attend the PBCore workshop, "Teaching PBCore: Resources for A/V Metadata in the Classroom," which was held March 21-22 in Boston. PBCore is a way to organize information about audiovisual content that helps moving image archives and media organizations manage their audiovisual assets and collections. This workshop was designed to support educators teaching metadata at library and archival science programs in developing curriculum materials around PBCore.
Jones is currently teaching Digital Preservation at the iSchool, and he has also taught Metadata and Audiovisual Preservation. His research focuses on standards for moving image digitization—the social aspects of their design, the technical choices that drive their development, and the decision-making processes of large and small cultural heritage repositories when picking an encoding/container combination for digitizing legacy video materials. He worked as a digital audiovisual formats specialist for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress for nearly three years and is a founding member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). Jones received his BA in film production and cinema studies from the University of Utah and his MS/LIS from Illinois.