Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

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Advanced Seminar in Preservation Studies, H72.3490, Spring 2008

Version: 1/14/08
Spring 2008 — Fridays, 9:30 – 11:30 am except Friday April 18 that is 9:30 – 1:30.
665 Broadway, Rm 643
Instructor: Mona Jimenez:
Rm 613, 665 Broadway; 212–992–8458


This class is designed to: 1) prepare students for employment, publishing and professional engagement upon graduation, and 2) to support their completion of their thesis projects.


A blackboard site will be available for this course. Students are expected to check the site at least once a week for updates. Students are encouraged to pass along resources for the benefit of the class; forward them to Mona for posting.

Attendance at all classes is expected. More than one unexcused absence will substantially affect your grade. Please read the Plagiarism Advisory at the end of the syllabus.

MIAP Digital Archive

In addition to submitting assignments in print form, all course papers/projects will be submitted to me in electronic form. The materials will be made part of the MIAP digital archive in a private space for faculty use, and on the MIAP web site. Further information will be provided.


Cell phones: Turn completely off during class as they may create problems with classroom audio.

Assignments and grading: Each student will do three short assignments as described below. Grades will be based on a combination of class preparedness and participation (40%) and assignments (60%).


NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development has individual counseling, seminars, and several online tools including eVita, a portfolio template, and InterviewStream, a webcam-based interview training tool. You are encouraged to take advantage of their services for graduate students.


US Department of Labor Statistics are interesting to track.

For Archivists, Curators and Museum Technicians see For Librarians see

Library of Congress Human Resources has listings of jobs and fellowships

The American Library Association Resource Development and Recruitment describes how libraries categorize library positions:

The section Human Resource Development and Recruitment has useful statistical information:

See in particular How to Apply for a Library Job

For museum jobs, see jobHQ at

For archival positions, see the Society of American Archivists Online Employment Bulletinat

The SAA Careers section also gives valuable information on the field, such as salary ranges. See

The American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works (AIC) defines competencies for conservators and has a section Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator that leads to a database of AIC members and their specialities:

Assignment #1: Thesis Plan, due Friday, February 1. Create a 1-2 page written outline with weekly goals that represents your action plan for making steady progress on your thesis during the semester. While the outline will go forward in time from 1/31, but while preparing it work back from the final submission deadline with specific weekly goals. Include in the plan any deadlines for assignments for this class that apply to the thesis. You will need to bring this plan with you to all subsequent classes, be revising it as needed, and you can also use it in discussions with your advisor. For projects, put your goals and deliverables at the top of the plan. For academic papers, put your thesis statement at the top of the page. For the week of your thesis presentation (week of April 7), your plan should include completion of the first written draft of your thesis.

Assignment #2: Resumes and Summary of Projects, due February 22. Prepare two resumes for two types of jobs (drawn from ‘Jobs’ on Blackboard or your own research) using NYU’s eVita or your own design. In addition, prepare a Summary of Projects as an addendum that is a list of projects you have undertaken while in the MIAP program (and before) that show your strengths with moving image archiving and preservation. Describe responsibilities, duties, tasks, results, products, etc. in the form you think is most effective. Revisions to the resume will be due on March 7.

Assignment #3: Thesis Presentation prep – Outline due March 14; in class practice April 4. Each student will prepare a written outline for the thesis presentation. At the practice session, each person will explain in detail how their thesis project will be presented, and will deliver a ten-minute segment of the presentation for feedback by the class. The ten-minute segment you present will be given as if we are the audience. Please come prepared to tell us a few specific areas you would like feedback on.

Class 1: Friday, January 25


Class 2: Friday, February 1

Due this class


NO CLASS FEBRUARY 8 – Mona out of town.

Class 3: Friday, February 15

Due this class:


Class 4: Friday, February 22

Due this class:


Class 5: Friday, February 29


Class 6: Friday, March 7

Due this class:


Class 7: Friday, March 14

Due this class:


NO CLASS MARCH 21 – Spring Break

NO CLASS MARCH 28 – Orphans Film Symposium – Network, network, network – get rid of business cards.

Class 8: Friday, April 4


Class 9: Friday, April 11


Classes 10 and 11: Friday, April 18 DOUBLE CLASS – 9:30 – 1:30


Class 12: Friday, April 25


Class 13: Friday, May 2


Plagiarism Advisory:

Plagiarism and other violations of the University’s published policies are serious offenses and will be punished severely. Plagiarism includes presenting or paraphrasing a phrase, sentence, or passage of a published work (including material from the World-Wide Web) in a paper or exam answer without quotation marks and attribution of the source, submitting your own original work toward requirements in more than one class without the prior permission of the instructors, submitting a paper written by someone else, submitting as your own work any portion of a paper or research that you purchased from another person or commercial firm, and presenting in any other way the work, ideas, data, or words of someone else without attribution. These are punishable offenses whether intended or unintended (e.g., occurs through poor citations or confusion about how to reference properly).