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2009 Lectures

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History – Earth Theater, 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.


11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Rick Prelinger
, Prelinger Archives, "Preserving Home Movies"

Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer and filmmaker, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 51,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation. Prelinger has partnered with the Internet Archive to make 1,970 films from the Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Mr. Prelinger has taught in the MFA Design program at New York's School of Visual Arts and lectured widely on American cultural and social history and on issues of cultural and intellectual property access. He has served on the National Film Preservation Board as the representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and is Board President of the Internet Archive and the San Francisco Cinematheque. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly reference library located in San Francisco. He is Acting Director of the Open Content Alliance, an organization of libraries, archives and technology companies that was launched in October 2005.


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Tom Clareson
, PALINET, "Preserving your treasures in times of disaster"

Thomas F. R. Clareson joined PALINET as Director for New Initiatives in October 2005. Leading PALINET's digital collections creation and management services, preservation services, and consulting activities, he is responsible for establishing new services and funding sources, grant writing, and outreach to the museum and historical society communities. With more than 17 years of experience in preservation and digitization services, Tom was previously Global Product Manager at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.; he also served in various capacities at Amigos Library Services, Inc. Tom holds an MLS from Kent State University, an MA from Ohio State University, and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. A former representative from the Society of American Archivists to the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Heritage Preservation.