Content & archive

Many organizations including historical societies, museums and businesses are in possession of valuable, irreplaceable newsreel footage, training films, documentaries and other photographic archives often dating back a century or more. Aging film is highly fragile and if it's nitrate-based, it could even be hazardous due to its flammability. Continuing to ignore this will result in the inevitable loss of the...

Without adequate disaster planning and preparation, all the effort, vision and goals of an archive can be destroyed. Fortunately, a wealth of disaster preplanning and response information, much of online, is available to guide archivists, librarians, content and records’ managers, risk management professionals and directors of libraries/archives and operations....

LAC Group’s Content & Archive Services division is excited to be attending the 2018 annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), being held from November 27th through December 1st in Portland, Oregon. While known by many in the AMIA community as PRO-TEK, 2018 will be the first year participating as LAC Group, which acquired the PRO-TEK film...

Stock photography encompasses ready-to-use imagery such as photos, illustrations, graphics, icons, etc. that can be licensed to use for any number of purposes. Common creative business use includes marketing and advertising, blogs and newsletters, business presentations, training and web design. Stock images are available through a number of online services. Some of the major stock photography companies include:...

In the first installment of our series, “Metadata for Mere Mortals,” librarian Erin Antognoli provided an overview of basic metadata principles, such as the types of metadata and the information they convey. She also covered where metadata creation falls in the data life cycle and explained the FAIR principles for metadata standards that ensure a piece of content or information...

The proliferation of digital content in business settings has turned many people into unlikely data managers, looking for the best way to organize assets such as images, graphics, videos and documents. Without the assistance of a librarian or professional digital asset manager, the less technical are unable to apply data management principles and metadata functionality to organize and leverage their...

When most people are asked about libraries run by the US government, the Library of Congress most readily comes to mind. In fact, the Library of Congress is only one of many national libraries. In addition to Cabinet- and agency-level institutions, many more federal libraries exist outside of Washington, DC, in field offices, military bases and even national parks. The...

While most businesses focus on the present and the future, the memory of a company's journey since its beginning is powerful and worthy of preservation. That is why every company should consider developing an archive that encompasses both digital and physical records and artifacts, organized and preserved in a purposeful manner. A business archive contains records like correspondence, reports, photographs, marketing...

This year marks my tenth anniversary with both LAC and the National Book Festival.  In that decade at the Festival, I have been everything from an information booth attendant to a “bouncer” at the children’s stage preventing overeager parents from sneaking their children backstage to meet the talent.  Despite protestations that they were the author’s long-lost roommate’s second cousin’s girlfriend,...

Graphics are useful for many things, including helping provide context and meaning to information that is otherwise hard to interpret if it were written in just words. They help make concepts that are otherwise rather dull when just written in text form a bit more interesting and attention-grabbing. This visual form of communication is often considered "art with a purpose". It's a visual...