Meet the 2018 Education Committee Leadership

AMIA held committee elections in April, and we are pleased to introduce you to Co-Chairs Jen O’Leary and Andy Uhrich. This year we also welcomed Blanche Joslin as our new Student Liaison. If you have any questions for us, feel free to send an email to

OLearyHeadshotCo-Chair Jen O’Leary is the Archive Library Analyst in Archive Operations at NBCUniversal. She graduated from the UCLA MIAS program in 2016 where she held internships at the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, the Wende Museum of the Cold War and the Academy Film Archive. In addition to her MA, Jen also holds a BS in Radio/Television/Film and History from Northwestern University.

Jen has been a member of AMIA since 2014, attending the AMIA Conference for the first time in Savannah, GA. She was the 2015 recipient of the AMIA Image Permanence Institute Internship. Before becoming Co-Chair, Jen was the Education Committee Student Liaison.

Co-Chair Andy Uhrich is the film archivist at the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. He is also a PhD candidate at IU where he’s writing a dissertation on film collectors and non-institutional practices of media preservation. Andy has taught a number of classes and workshops on media preservation. He’s worked on restorations projects for IU, Chicago Film Archives and Anthology Film Archives including three films that have been added to the National Film Registry. He’s published articles on restoring a 1904 film and magic lantern performance, the challenges of maintaining early computer art, and the intersection of political documentary and TV advertising. Currently a co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Education Committee, he has previously served on the executive board of the Center for Home Movies.

Student Liaison Blanche Joslin is a student in the Ryerson University Film + 33152692_1548496818606133_5245880962369191936_nPhotography Preservation and Collections Management Master’s program. She is also the Technical Assistant at Vtape, a video art distribution center in Toronto. She was the Co-Executive for the AMIA student chapter at Ryerson. Her Master’s research is being conducted at the Archives of Ontario where she is dealing with legacy born-digital carriers.  Before beginning her Master’s degree, she worked as a Head Broadcast Technician with Royal Caribbean International.

2017 Annual Report

The Committee’s 2017 Annual Report is now published. It covers our activities from the last year and highlights our goals for 2018. We will be reviewing the report at our Committee Meeting on Dec 2nd at 12pm at the AMIA Annual Conference. Hope to see you there!

2017 AMIA Education Committee Annual Report

Additionally, all the Student Chapter Annual Reports have been submitted and are now posted on each Chapter’s page. Please take a look at the diverse activities our chapters have been partaking in and leading.

Student Chapters

Highlights from the AMIA Student Chapters’ 2016 Annual Reports

In order to maintain their status as an official AMIA student chapter, every year, each chapter must submit a report summarizing their activities to the Education Committee and the AMIA Board. These students show great promise in becoming leaders in the field, and we would like highlight some of the extraordinary activities the students organized and/or were a part of in 2016 and 2017. If you’d like to read the full reports you can find them on each chapter’s page here, Student Chapters.

University of California, Los Angeles

The UCLA Student Chapter organized tours of local archives, including the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, the Disney Film Archive, the A/V Conservation Department at the Getty Research Institute, and the UCLA’s Film and Television Archive in Santa Clarita. The Chapter also partnered with the Los Angeles Archivists Collective and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Department of Educational Initiatives to host the Archeology of Moving Image Workshop designed to introduce archivists to the world of moving image archiving and preservation.

New York University

The NYU Chapter organized APEX 2016 in Santiago, Chile, “to work with two local institutions: Biblioteca Nacional de Chile and Señal Tres La Victoria. At Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, a team of APEX participants worked to inspect films in their collection and set up a telecine. At Señal Tres La Victoria, a community television station, others worked to inventory their videotape collection and set up a digitization station. APEX participants also organized a community archiving workshop held at Señal Tres La Victoria. The trip cultimated in a series of roundtable discussions open to the public, in which information was shared on how to best face the challenges of managing and preserving audiovisual materials in Latin American archives.” More information about the trip can be at:


University of Rochester

The University of Rochester Chapter took a trip to Toronto where they met with the University of Toronto’s AMIA Chapter, and visited the U of T’s film archive and TIFF’s archive and reference library. They also traveled to Cooperstown, NY to “inspect, inventory, and evaluate a film collection for possible acquisition by the University of Rochester.”

McGill University

“Continued from the previous year’s programming, we were able to provide a few free film screenings in the Moving Image Research Lab’s (MIRL) private screening room at McGill for SIS students. As part of the screening series, we hosted two pre-recorded webinars on the basic principles of multimedia digitization as applied to sound and moving image.” The McGill Chapter has also been working with MIRL to preserve and catalog their collection of films.


University of Texas at Austin

The UT Austin Chapter planned tours of the Lyndon Baines Johnson paper and audiovisual archives, the Briscoe Center for American History, and Austin Public, the oldest U.S. public access station still in operation. They also organized a screening event held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which examined archival footage documenting the character known as the Texas Ranger, and a 35mm archival film screening of CREEPSHOW, presented by the archivists at the American Genre Film Archive.

University of Amsterdam

The UVA Chapter was on hiatus for the 2015-2016 school year, but the 2016-2017 Chapter is excited to be up and running again. They’ve been holding regular meetings, social events, and screenings, and are busy planning archive visits and talks with academic and industry professionals.



University of Toronto

In 2016, the University of Toronto Chapter completed their first year as an AMIA student chapter! During the past school year, they have done an excellent job mentoring and collaborating with the brand new Ryerson University AMIA Student Chapter, and held exchange visits with the University of Rochester’s AMIA Student Chapter.

Throughout the year, the U of T Chapter organized tours of Innis Town Hall, Vtape, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), and Television Ontario (TVO). They also held a workshop on Video Preservation with Mark Pellegrino, Media Specialist at Media Commons (University of Toronto Robarts Library).

Simmons College

The Simmons College Chapter also completed their first year as a student chapter in 2016!

“To introduce ourselves, we hosted an informational meeting and screened shorts from Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier (NYU Orphan Film Project, 2012), replete with 3D glasses for everyone to fully enjoy Lillian Schwartz’s Galaxies (1974) and UFO’s (1971)… For our second event, we hosted a conversation with our new faculty member, Janet Ceja, about her latest work on revolutionary cinema in Latin America… Two of [Santiago] Álvarez’s documentary short films were screened: Now! (1965) and 79 Primaveras (1969).”


Thank you to the students for your hard work, creativity, and passion in organizing and carrying out these activities. We look forward to seeing more from you this next year, and hearing from our newest chapters, Ryerson University and Emerson College!

Welcome New Student Chapter- Ryerson!

The AMIA Education Committee and community would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest student chapter, Ryerson. Below is a guest post from Ryerson about who they are, what they’ve been up to, and their plans for the future of the group. Their current chapter information can be found here.

The AMIA student chapter at Ryerson is excited to announce their official launch! The chapter is located in Toronto, through Ryerson University’s Film Preservation and Collections Management Master’s program. We are thrilled to be joining the conversation around moving image preservation with our fellow student chapters and the AMIA community. As the only program dedicated to film preservation in Canada, we felt the need to create a student chapter to represent our growing moving image preservation program and to join the University of Toronto Chapter in representing AMIA in Canada.

Projecting films at Choose Your Own Film screening night

Although the chapter just launched last Fall 2016, we’ve had several events to celebrate our first term. For instance, members of the chapter organized a monthly archival screening of non-fiction or independently produced films. Last November, we held a screening for the 1984 film by Diego Echeverria Los Sures and in December the second year Film Preservation cohort programmed a screening titled Out of the Fog: Films from Atlantic Canada, which included several 16mm prints loaned by regional archives.

Poster for Choose Your Own Film screening night

The student chapter also organized a tour of the Archives of Ontario in December. We hope to organize several tours of local archives and cultural institutions in order to allow our members to meet and talk to professional archivists in the region. In March, we collaborated with our mentor chapter at the University of Toronto, co-hosting a 16mm screening night titled Choose Your Own Film, and will work with them again at a panel at the Archives Association of Ontario’s conference in April.

Chapter members project 16mm films for Choose Your Own Film screening night

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