I'm curious about their methods of preservation.
After talking to Dr. Hunter, these are the facts:
- Records are stored in a separate building from the main library. It is climate controlled.
- They are kept on shelves in protective packaging (plastic, inserts removed from acid-producing papers) until needed.
- When needed, they are taken down by a research librarian, copied to digital form and then the digital copy is sent on. The student/faculty never touch the actual object.
- For CDs, the methods are simpler as they can be directly copied. LPs get the most care as they are older and more likely to flake, but if the CD is fragile it will be protected.
Their annual budget is in the tens of millions and they've been doing this since the 1940s, so I think it's a safe place to send. Although I think UT is a glorified high school, you can get a good education there and their graduate departments are often excellent. This is a good place for metal to make it into the academic stream.
I routinely find excellent death metal and black metal CDs on sale or in used racks, and always want to buy another copy because I like the CD so much. Now, I'm going to buy and ship it to Dr. Hunter so he can archive it.
I'm including this:
If you right-click, save as..., it will be in full size (300 dpi) so when you print it it will be the right size.
Should we send DLA reviews with them (if applicable to the album)?
That's a good idea. I'll start doing that too. It might be an even better way of "branding" these as part of a real metal movement.
The collection contains more than 300,000 musical recordings, including archival material related to Texas symphonies, classical radio stations and contemporary composers.http://www.utexas.edu/opa/pubs/oncampus/01oc_issues/oc010320/oc_music.htmlGuideliness of the Historical Music Recordings Collection at the University of Texas at Austin