VDB at the 2017 ALA Conference & Exhibition

Video Data Bank (VDB) is pleased to partner with the American Library Association (ALA) during the 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place in our hometown of Chicago, June 22nd-27th. During this event-packed conference — which will feature well-known speakers including Ron Chernow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Hillary Rodham Clinton — staff from VDB will be sitting on a number of panel discussions, tabling in the exhibition hall, and hosting the ALA Video Round Table Gala at the Gene Siskel Film Center. If you are in Chicago for the weekend we hope that you will join us for what promises to be an exciting few days of exploration and discovery with colleagues new and old. Development and Marketing Manager, George William Price and Distribution Manager, Zach Vanes will be available for individual meetings on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th. Please see our About Us page for contact information.

Friday 23rd-Monday 26th
ALA Exhibition
McCormick Place West Building
Level 3
Halls F1 & F2
Booth #4635

VDB staff will be available to discuss all matters related to video art, distribution, and preservation.

Saturday 24th, 3.00-4.00pm
Audiovisual Materials and Issues with Degradation and Storage
McCormick Place, W179a

Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager
Kristin MacDonough, Digitization Specialist

Film, video, and audiotape are increasingly at risk for physical degradation due to poor storage environments and their chemical properties, known as “inherent vice.” These vulnerability issues continue to gain attention. Likewise, knowing preservation best practices of analog objects is growing in importance, especially as digitization isn’t a feasible option for many institutions. This panel will discuss the science of this deterioration and ideal vs. practical solutions for storage through case studies and discussions.

Sunday 25th, 10.30-11.30am
Preservation Showdown: Audiovisual Edition
McCormick Place, W184d

Kristin MacDonough, Digitization Specialist

Two teams will go head to head to debate the statement “The preservation of analog audiovisual media is the single most important preservation issue facing libraries (and archives and museums) in 2017.” Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section and the Video Round Table, bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.

Sunday 25th, 7.00-9.00pm
ALA Video Round Table Gala
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager
George William Price, Development and Marketing Manager

Join the Video Round Table for drinks and hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation on the media collective Videofreex from Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager of Video Data Bank. One of the earliest video collectives in the United States, the Videofreex formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music festival, and went on to tour the country with the newly available Portapak video equipment interviewing counter-cultural figures of the day. In 2001, as part of Video Data Bank’s mission to preserve and archive important historical video, they began amassing the Videofreex’s vast tape archive on the now-defunct half-inch open reel video format. The presentation at the Gene Siskel Film Center will include rarely seen gems from the Videofreex archive, including historic interviews with Fred Hampton and Abbie Hoffman.