Scott, Norie,

Kudos to you for starting this up, and sharing this on list. This seems to me exactly the kind of <wacky,alternative,grassroots,important> work that librarians & archivists can do in the age of the Internet to help preserve and provide access to our cultural heritage.  I will definitely pass along the blog to my colleagues at Stanford doing related work.

Speaking of which, the Internet Archive has recenlty been doing some very impressive work on capturing, preserving and serving music. See and, e.g. If you haven’t yet reflected IA’s efforts in your blog (and I don’t see it, though that may be an oversight on my part), it might be a worthy addition. With the IA’s new focus on “Building Libraries Together”, they could be a great online host and library for materials that might otherwise be lost.


- Tom

On Jul 30, 2015, at 5:19 AM, Karen Coyle <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

I recommend a look at Pop Up Archive [1] - digital archiving for the non-archivist. It's heavily based on the archiving of sound files.


On 7/29/15 9:13 PM, Scott Carlson wrote:
Apologies for any cross-posting, and please excuse the shameless self-promotion... Norie Guthrie (an archivist/special collections librarian) and myself have started a website/blog to help DIY & born-digital music labels with the digital/physical preservation of their materials. We hope to provide practical archiving tips and solutions to those putting out music on a shoestring budget.

This past spring, we conducted a survey to understand what types of materials record labels were saving and how they were saving them. We hope to formally present on this data some time in the future.

If you have time, please stop by the blog:

Feel free to look us up on Twitter as well:

Scott Carlson
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