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"We may not realize it, but movies — be they new releases at the megaplex or classics stored on reel-to-reel — need proper care and preservation to guarantee they are not lost to history forever. The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles works to do just that: save pieces of moviemaking history so future generations can continue to enjoy and be educated by these stories. Because, as AFI librarian and archivist Robert Vaughn says, when we lose movies, we lose a bit of ourselves."

"We may not realize it, but movies — be they new releases at the megaplex or classics stored on reel-to-reel — need proper care and preservation to guarantee they are not lost to history forever. The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles works to do just that: save pieces of moviemaking history so future generations can continue to enjoy and be educated by these stories. Because, as AFI librarian and archivist Robert Vaughn says, when we lose movies, we lose a bit of ourselves."

Appraisal without acquisition is just wishful thinking. Acquisitions without preservation is just hoarding. Preservation without access is just stockpiling. If you’re doing all these things AND providing access, you’ve got an archives.

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Appraisal without acquisition is just wishful thinking. Acquisitions without preservation is just hoarding. Preservation without access is just stockpiling. If you’re doing all these things AND providing access, you’ve got an archives.

"No matter what is created and where it is created, if it is important, some librarian, archivist, or records manager is capturing it and saving it for the future. In addition to saving the digital objects, we need to make them accessible so people can use and reuse the materials.    "We are the custodians of human history."

Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history

Glen Creason, map librarian at the downtown Central Library, helps preserve a street-by-street history of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles librarian Glen Creason is all over the maps

Glen Creason, map librarian at the downtown Central Library, helps preserve a street-by-street history of Los Angeles.

Archivists - Saving the World Mug for archivists or librarians, with a sense of humor!

Archivists - Saving the World Coffee Mug

Archivists - Saving the World Mug for archivists or librarians, with a sense of humor!

Photo Tutorial: How to Relax and Rehumidify Old Rolled Photographs and Documents

Photo Tutorial: How to Relax and Rehumidify Old Rolled Photographs and Documents - Home - Family Curator

Birthday Cards, Filing Cabinets, Anniversary Cards

Thousands of boxes of state records are stacked high at the 47,000-square-foot State Records Center in Olympia. The building houses active r...

Washington’s archives can no longer hold its history

Thousands of boxes of state records are stacked high at the State Records Center in Olympia. The building houses active r.

Office space: McDonald's archivist  Michael Bullington gives a tour of his office in former Hamburger University

Office space: McDonald's archivist Michael Bullington gives a tour of his office in former Hamburger University

"The archivist makes decisions every day regarding what materials should be kept for future consultation by researchers, scholars, students, genealogists, and the general public. The archivist has the power to determine which of today’s documents, records, and other resources will become the source of tomorrow’s history."

Maryann Belardo is pictured looking through records in the Archives Centers stack area of the National Museum of American History, by Unknown photographer, Photographic print, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit Box Folder Negative Number:

60,000 World War II documents kept in Russian state archives. Source: Ilya Varlamov

I old books! While preparing for a massive renovation of its facility, librarians at the Russian State Polytechnical Museum found more than pre-revolutionary books and magazines.

Digital archivists:  technological custodians of human history (via arstechnica.com)

Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history

Archivists work with "legacy" materials. Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history

Archivists celebrate "Archives Week." Every year, the first week in October is designated as Archives Week. Keeping and preserving local history is so fundamental to a community’s cultural life that it often gets taken for granted.

Rene Georgopalis is the local archivist at the Musée Héritage Museum. She doesn’t shy away from being called a history nerd, but she stresses that many people don’t realize the wealth of information and resources that she has available.

UNCC staffers Joshua Burford and Meredith Evans, pictured here in the reading room of the UNC-Charlotte Archives, want to collect and preserve local LGBT history. File Photo.

UNCC staffers Joshua Burford and Meredith Evans, pictured here in the reading room of the UNC-Charlotte Archives, want to collect and preserve local LGBT history.

Smithsonian archives and a new blog post about archival careers #archives #archivists

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Collections Vault of Historic Photography with John Dillaber, Staff Digital Imaging Specialist, by Ken Rahaim.