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2015 marks the 25th year of annual conferences for AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists. The event will be held November 18-21 in Portland, Oregon with PRO-TEK (film and other media preservation and archiving specialists of LAC Group) as one of the sponsors. To mark the significance of 25 years, we have compiled a list of 25 reasons why any moving image...

By managing and staffing the Tulane Libraries Recovery Center, LAC Group played a small role in the post-Hurricane Katrina recovery process in New Orleans. Established in 2008, the Recovery Center served as the base for restoring books and other items from the University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Jones Hall Special Collections that were damaged or lost due to catastrophic flooding. [caption id="attachment_7555"...

Sharon Davis, one of LAC Group’s senior recruiters, has over 20 years of legal staffing experience. Sharon has placed personnel at virtually all levels and within every specialty needed by law firms and corporate legal departments. She has been with us since 2001, working in Denver. When it comes to fulfilling client needs, Sharon seeks to understand not only the position,...

"It's not about the library. It's about the relationship the librarian has with those who do or could benefit from the library." This quote from Robert Oaks, Chief Library and Records Officer for Latham & Watkins LLP, encapsulates his panel presentation on the economic value of law libraries at the 2015 annual meeting of AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) held July...

An article I wrote several months ago for one my favorite legal blogs – 3 Geeks and a Law Blog – cited 5 commonly held beliefs about outsourcing that I referred to as “myths” because they don’t always represent reality. I explored this topic further last month at the SLA (Special Libraries Association) 2015 Annual Conference in Boston. Five beliefs about outsourcing that...

For a librarian, archivist or anyone that manages a collection of visual media, it's important to know if you have Acetate-based (or “Safety”) media mixed in with your Nitrate-based film. This is relevant for two reasons: 1. Acetate-based Safety film, when it begins to break down, can emit gasses that accelerate the decomposition of Nitrate-based films. 2. Culling out any Safety film...

If Nitrate-based film stock is in your holdings and it hasn’t decomposed extensively (yet), chances are it’s stable or at least decomposing slowly enough that now is the time to check, inspect, scan or screen. Nitrate film was made by Kodak as well as other manufacturers like DuPont and Gevaert, all with different standards and slightly different chemical formulas. In addition,...

Much of the focus on “big data” is devoted to transactions or machine-to-machine data. Unstructured data like documents, images, audio, video and social media streams are generally given lower priority, even though the majority of business data today is unstructured and multiplying rapidly. The Metadata Management Problem in Most Enterprises When it comes to managing unstructured information, most enterprises are either flailing or failing. They...

Hooray for Edendale? The Edendale Bowl? Edendale & Vine? The famous song, outdoor venue, and street corner of the stars might have been labeled “Edendale” instead of “Hollywood” had history taken a different course. Edendale (now Echo Park) is where the movie industry’s Los Angeles roots were planted in the 1910s, during the silent film era, before relocating to Hollywood. Studios were concentrated...

While employee conduct in relation to social media is an important issue for law firms and corporations, the leaders within those organizations all too often give little thought to copyright infringement, like employees who incorporate YouTube video clips or images from a Google search into a PowerPoint presentation.  Yes, it is commonly done every day, but at the same time,...