The role of the library in preserving sound

Today’s Library of Congress blog “The Signal” features a post about Sam Brylawski, a recognized authority on the history and preservation of recorded sound. Brylawski, like most of us at Hampshire, learned almost everything on the job, working side-by-side with scholars, talented engineers and recorded-sound savants, experts who get the best possible sound off of every recording medium.  I met Mr. Brylawski when I was an archives intern at the Library of Congress in 1999. I spoke to him at length about the preservation needs and issues with player piano rolls (my grandparents had one and we used to tape the tearing paper with scotch tape in an attempt to keep those rolls playing.) Since those conversations, I have learned that scotch tape is a poor preservation strategy. Read more at:

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