Highlights from the AMIA Student Chapters’ Annual Reports

In order to maintain their status as an official AMIA student chapter, each chapter must submit a report summarizing their activities to the Education Committee and the AMIA Board every year. Having received all the reports this past October (minus our newest 2015 chapters) we would like highlight some of the activities the students organized and/or were a part of this past year. These students are true devotees to the field and consistently show their creativity and leadership through their chapter work. If you’d like to read the full reports you can find them on each chapter’s page here, Student Chapters.


McGill University

Since the McGill Chapter is part of a School of Information Science program they hold weekly screenings of both shorts and feature films to expose their membership to a wide variety of audiovisual history. In addition to a tour of the Library and Archives Canada’s Audiovisual Department and hosting a spring colloquium on audiovisual archiving, they have also been collaborating with the Moving Image Research Lab (MIRL) Film Archives Preservation Plan and Cataloging Project.

mcgill colloquium

Courtesy of AMIA McGill

“These include donated prints from the National Film Board of Canada and the Goethe Institute and educational films previously held by McGill’s McLennan Library. We began entering each film into a database with an accompanying accession number and created a preservation plan for future student members to enact in the years to come. The goal for the year was to establish standards for future description and physical preservation work.”


New York University

In addition to partnering with Rutgers University to host a Home Movie Day the NYU Chapter took part in the Audiovisual Preservation Exchange Program (APEX) that “promotes international collaboration and academic dialogue on film and media preservation in order to safeguard the world’s audiovisual heritage. APEX is an opportunity for members of the international audiovisual archival community to exchange knowledge and skills in areas such as inspection and care of audiovisual materials, cataloging, metadata management, digitization, digital preservation, and access to collections. Students, alumni, and faculty from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program in collaboration with the AMIA Student Chapter at NYU went on a volunteer trip this summer to Buenos Aires, Argentina to work with two local institutions: Museo del Cine and TV Pública. The trip culminated in a series of workshops and roundtable discussions open to the public, in which information was shared on how to best face the challenges of managing and preserving film, video, digital, and audio assets in Latin American archives.”
More information can be found here: https://apexbuenosaires.wordpress.com/


University of Amsterdam

During their first year as an AMIA chapter UvA focused on getting their board and social media set up. In order to create public awareness for their chapter they reached out to institutions and got involved with local events, such as the Eye Film Institute’s Colour Fantastic conference. “Chapter members participated by providing social media coverage and conducting interviews with two keys panelists. These interviews provided an opportunity for speakers to further expand on some of the issues raised in their presentations, as well as reflect more closely on central challenges facing academics and archivists.” Blog posts from the event can be viewed here and here.

Courtesy of AMIA UvA.

Courtesy of AMIA UvA

One collaboration they participated in (with the Activist Archivists subgroup) was Maagdenhuis2015, which archived video footage and media from a six-week occupation on the grounds of UvA. They also participated in the International Film Festival Rotterdam by providing media coverage and arranged for a tour of the FIAF offices and the Cinematek in Brussels, Belgium.


University of California, Los Angeles

Several UCLA Student Chapter members participated in the Bastard Film Encounter event held in Raleigh, North Carolina, which examined “films that fall outside the scope of most archives, such as educational films, home movies, and sponsored films.” In addition to a tour of Audio Mechanics and volunteering at the LA Home Movie Day at the Goethe-Institut, they also organized a 16mm Open Projector Night where attendees were “encouraged to bring both home movies and films from their personal collections. Highlights included home movie footage from a student’s grandparent’s trip to India and a beautiful print of Skater Dater (1965), the first known film to feature skateboarding.”

They are planning outreach to local high schools for 2016 and a fundraising campaign to raise money for future projects, workshops, and tours.


University of Texas at Austin

The UT-Austin Student Chapter toured the Harry Ransom Center Film Collection, as well as held a Moving Image Preservation & Projection Panel, “which brought together five panelists from different areas of audio/visual preservation and projection. … The discussion centered around what day-to-day work looks like in this field and where our panelists saw the field going. It was overall very informative and very well attended by students from the School of Information.”

They additionally set up a table for the Chapter at the SIS orientation at the beginning of the fall semester in order to increase awareness of the group and the field, and hosted a happy hour mid-semester. For the 2015-2016 academic year they were planning to hold a Home Movie Day event on campus and had scheduled all three of the AMIA Online Webinar series (now available on demand) as part of their chapter activities for students to watch together.


University of Rochester

The University of Rochester was collaborating this year with the Visual Studies Workshop to host their 2015 Home Movie Day. They also have been discussing with film/media studies professors on campus the possibility of coordinating curriculum-based screenings; specifically bringing film into the classroom. They are additionally working with a local film festival, Movies on a Shoestring, to get its collection to a new storage facility. “They are additionally looking for ways to increase the accessibility of the collection. The logistic of carrying out this project are still being discussed, but cooperation with local events such as Movies on a Shoestring is something that we are very interested in pursuing.”


Thank you to the students for your drive and hard work with organizing and carrying out these activities. We look forward to seeing more from you this next year and hearing from our newest chapters, University of Toronto and Simmons College. May you have a restful holiday season and a productive and fun New Year!

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