Recognition of the work done by Archives #Vine

It is always a great to hear when there is recognition for the work that we do in the Archives. It is a behind-the-scenes job, which always have us motivating the hours and work that we do here!

Translation of the audio clip featured here: Margot Luyt, announcer at SABC Radio Sonder Grense radio station says: “…what luxury we have in archives! If it were not for the Sound Archives…” she would not have been able to play the voice of the original poet introducing the musical composition of his own poem being played!

Yes, what a luxury and a treasure!




Tomorrow is International Archives Day – 9 June – #IAD15

The day will focus on democracy specifically, but also on the great work that Archives are doing!

Read more here: Follow an Archive

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International Council on Archives 

A reel tape being rewind from the SABC Radio Archives.

Reel tape rewind in #slomo #archives #reels #audio

A video posted by Karen Du Toit (@karentoittoit) on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:00am PDT

The most frustrating and the most satisfying to work in the Archives

Most frustrating:

To be overwhelmed with requests!

So much so, that I am unable to ingest more material into my specific archive collection!

Most satisfying:

Getting to hear a voice from the past.

In this specific clip that I have shared on Twitter today, a well-known and loved Afrikaans writer has died yesterday. They are busy compiling tribute programmes to be broadcasted on radio.

I get to listen to the whole interview with her that was done in 1990. In this short snippet she says that she is not one for the limelight!

What a privilege!

Wordless Wednesday #archives #blogjune

GLAM: Karen Du Toit on Working in Audio-Visual Archives


Guest post for the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) discussion over at International Librarians Network.

International Librarians Network

AV archives worldwide have a major headache that needs being addressed yesterday already!

“International consensus holds that we have around 15 years in which to preserve our sound collections. By 2030, the scarcity of older equipment, the condition of recorded media and the loss of skills will make their preservation costly, difficult and, in many cases, impossible.”James Knight: National Audit of UK Sound Collections

In the Radio Archives we still work on a daily basis with reel-to-reel-tapes, mini-disc cassettes, audio cassettes, compact discs and acetate records. We have huge backlogs of audio material on these formats that needs to be digitised. We are trying to address the issue by digitising while we are doing requests from these formats. We also had interns digitising some of the material while they were here on internship programmes. It is of course not enough! Some of our formats are degrading faster than the rest, such as the mini-disc cassettes…

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#RuinADateWithAnArchivistInFiveWords – Storify

The hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate is taking the Twitterverse by storm.
It topped the trending list in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
This new hashtag game has something for everyone -- from big corporations to regular folks. (CNN International)

Even for archivists!

IASA 2014 – compiled on Storify #iasa2014

The Centre for the Book

The Centre for the Book

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2014 Annual Conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5-9 October.
The theme was "Connecting Cultures: Content, Context, and Collaboration"

A Storify of the social media updates has been compiled here: IASA 2014