Tracing Sound: Adding Functionality to Contactless Audio Recording Digitization

IRENE, which stands for Image Reconstruct Erase Noise Etc., is a method for extracting sound from mechanical audio recordings, such as phonograph records and cylinder records. What makes IRENE special is that the entire process is contactless, allowing us to extract audio from broken, fragile, and otherwise unplayable objects while reducing the possibility of damage.

Care and Handling Training: an Important Preservation Step

During this summer, the Collections Management Division (CMD) embarked on a marathon of in-person care and handling training sessions for staff and contracts to illustrate the importance of following best practices when managing the materials throughout daily activities in order to preserve and prevent damages to the collections.

Librarians Learning Conservation: My 10 Weeks as the First General Collections Conservation Section Intern

This article is about the experience of a summer intern in the Preservation Directorate, General Collections Conservation Section at the Library of Congress. It contains descriptions of basic repairs, book-making and paper-making labs, and other activities.

Climate Correlation: Environmental Monitoring at the Library of Congress

The following is a post by Anna Katherine Overstreet and Alexandra Ptacek, 2022 Junior Fellows, Preservation Directorate. Anna Katherine recently graduated with her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Mississippi State University, and she will be returning in the fall for a graduate degree in statistics. Alexandra is a graduate student of Anthropology and Museum Studies […]