Knowledge exchange

Connecting Scotland’s Sounds knowledge exchange events 2016-2017

TUNING IN focus events intend to help answer questions you might have about day-to-day sound archive work, most of which will cover two key topics. Many of these events include case studies to promote knowledge exchange within the sector.

Two ON TRACK management discussion events will be held to enable collection holders to discuss the strategic challenges and opportunities involved in working with sound recordings in Scotland. The discussion days will provide dedicated time and space for management-level knowledge exchange in a small-group setting.

Scotland’s Sounds PLUGGED IN stakeholder meetings are held in a variety of locations around Scotland and are a chance to discuss things that are happening now in Scotland’s sound archive sector, network and share knowledge.

 

Scotland’s Sounds stakeholder meeting

Tuesday 5 September 2017, AK Bell Library, Perth, 2pm – 4.30pm

Our fifth open stakeholders’ meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 September 2017 and will include a focus on sound recording curation. The agenda will be shared closer to the event and will allow time for updates, discussion and networking. All welcome, but places are limited so booking is essential. Book your free place here

Archival Management of Oral History Collections Course

Friday 6 October 2017, Highland Archive Centre, Inverness, 9.15am – 4pm

Run jointly by the British Library’s oral history department, the Oral History Society and the Archives and Records Association

This day course will be led by Rob Perks and Tom Ruane from the British Library, and covers the practical, technical, legal and ethical issues around the selection, acquisition and description of oral history and other recorded personal testimony and spoken word on multiple audio formats with varying preservation challenges. It will also explore opportunities that oral history-based partnerships offer archives for community engagement. Book your free place here

British & Irish Sound Archives Conference 2017

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

You are warmly invited to the 2017 British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) annual conference, which will be co-hosted by the National Library of Scotland and the School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh. BISA formed in 2006 as a forum to celebrate and share knowledge on the care and promotion of sound collections throughout the British Isles. The annual conference is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about sound heritage to share knowledge, enthusiasm, special interests and experience. Mark your diaries to join archivists, collectors and others interested in the long-term care of sound to discuss the challenges and wonders of archiving sound recordings. Registration will open in September.

Past events

Browse our next events on our Eventbrite page and register to attend

6 June 2017, Dundee – All Ears: telling stories with sound

A day exploring how to engage audiences with sound recordings, featuring top tips for using audio in exhibitions, events, workshops, websites, and more. A mix of case studies, presentations and workshops showcased ways to tell the stories and memories found in archive audio recordings.

29 April 2017, Glasgow – TUNING IN: Oral History & Archives Conference

This conference explored the interplay between oral history and archives in a series of workshops, presentations and discussions about preserving access to their own recordings and engaging with archived recordings. Co-organised by the Scottish Oral History Group, the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde and the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project

24 March 2017, Glasgow – TUNING IN : Archival Management of Oral History Collections Course

Rob Perks and Tom Ruane from the British Library delivered a fully-booked one-day course at the University of Strathclyde Oral History Centre.

9 March 2017, Edinburgh – TUNING IN : Hands-On Digitisation Day

The School of Scottish Studies Archives technical team ran a sold-out training day, sharing their knowledge about how to identify, assess and digitise open reel tape using School of Scottish Studies Archives equipment.

 

21 February 2017, Edinburgh – ON TRACK : Management Discussion Day 2

The second of two knowledge-exchange days for collection holders looking to discuss the management-level challenges and opportunities involved in working with archive sound recordings.

Learn more about this event at: On track – Management day 2

1,8 and 15 February, Glasgow & Edinburgh – HEAR HERE Training Days for Researchers

A group of 12 doctoral researchers took part in this programme, run jointly with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities. On 1 February the researchers learned sound archiving skills at Kelvin Hall with Alistair Bell, on 8 February they heard co-curation case studies from the team at the Glasgow Women’s Library, and on 15 February they took part in a hands-on engagement session with Helen Foster from Scran.

17 January 2017, Glasgow -TUNING IN: Demystifying Copyright & Sharing Sound Collections Online

The morning session offered guidance on copyright/permissions relating to sound archives and the afternoon case studies explored how sound collections can be shared online.

Learn more about this event at: Tuning in – Desmystifying copyright

6 December 2016, Glasgow – PLUGGED IN : Stakeholder Meeting

An afternoon meeting for sound collection holders providing opportunities for networking, updates, feedback and discussion.

Learn more about this event at: Plugged in – Skateholder meeting

15 November 2016, Edinburgh- ON TRACK : Management Discussion Day 1

The first of two knowledge-exchange days for collection holders looking to discuss the management-level challenges and opportunities involved in working with archive sound recordings. The second discussion day was held on 21 February 2017.

Learn more about this event at: On track – Management day 1

25 October 2016, Aberdeen- TUNING IN: Sound Digitisation & Digital Preservation

The morning session focused on planning for digitisation and how to navigate the options available. The afternoon workshop focused on managing digital collections and include case studies from organisations managing digital collections.

Learn more about this event at: Tuning in – Sound digitisation

4 October 2016, Perth – TUNING IN : Resourcing Your Sound Archive: Volunteering & Fundraising

The morning session included a workshop on the principles of volunteer management and a number of case studies from organisations who have worked with volunteers in their sound archives. The afternoon workshop provided an overview of the fundraising process and examples from the heritage sector, with a focus on fundraising for sound archives.

Learn more about this event at : Tuning in – Volunteering and fundraising

20 September 2016, Dundee- TUNING IN: Analogue Preservation & Cataloguing Recordings

The morning session offered an overview of preservation techniques for analogue sound formats – including equipment, handling, appraisal, conservation, storage and disaster planning. The afternoon session involved sharing a range of cataloguing best practice and practical case studies from colleagues using museum, library and archive standards.

Learn more about this event at : Tuning in – Analogue preservation

6 September 2016, Inverness – PLUGGED IN : Stakeholder Meeting

An afternoon meeting for sound collection holders providing opportunities for networking, updates, feedback and discussion. The guest case study focused on the Tobar an Dualchais project.

Learn more about this event at : Plugged in – Skateholder meeting