Given the small physical size of the Papél Periódico and the fact that the BNCJM had recently received digitization equipment more suited to work with that title, together with our Biblioteca partners we decided to begin digitizing another important news publication, El Fígaro. A search of WorldCat shows only four institutions holding this title, and none of them print.
A setback yields teamwork and creative problem solving.
Yasmin presented in English, with live Spanish translation interspersed.
Yasmin's slide shows the wide variety of magnetic media formats that UCLA Library preservation can transfer in-house.
The event was very well attended by the public, with standing room only.
Yasmin explains sticky shed syndrome.
T-Kay assisting with translation of sticky shed.
Many people wanted to find out more following the presentation.
Cuban audio engineers are happy to talk shop with Yasmin.
René González Barrios, President of the IHC
René recounting tales from his time in Angola.
T-Kay, Nancy Machado (BNCJM), and Yasmin listen intently.
A downpour in the IHC courtyard.
Rain, fascinating for drought-parched Angelenos.
L-R: Yasmin, Luis (IHC), T-Kay, Sergío (IHC)
The IHC shelters a small crowd during the rainstorm. In the foreground, IHC conservator Aylin Espinoza Perez.
One of our next projects with the IHC may include the transcription disks of the Universidad del Aire. The IHC holds many of the accompanying workbooks.
We met with Arien González, director of the Biblioteca at the Casa de las Americas. Arien brought forward the idea of a multi-institutional collaboration to establish a digital preservation repository/system in Cuba -- rather than simply receiving equipment to digitize one small part of the collections. I think this is a big idea and could be something to work towards across our several fruitful partnerships.
Cinemateca de cuba
Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos
Following our successful digitization of 1,341 posters in the archives of the Cinemateca, we were able to donate a laptop installed with an open-source operating system (Ubuntu) and an open-source cataloging and access application, CollectiveAccess, that will allow for description of the images and collection, and facilitate user access and research.
EStudios Abdala & Museo Nacional de la Música
Two other visits of note: one, to the Museo Nacional de la Música (upper left photos), where Yasmin discussed software and transfer technologies with the Museo's audio engineer. The other, a VIP tour of Estudios Abdala, a state-of-the-art recording and mastering facility. They also have capacity to transfer some analog audio formats.