My global audiovisual archives & covid conversations are now concluded!


My interviews with Mike Mashon (Head, Moving Image section, Library of Congress) and Haden Guest (Director, Harvard Film Archive) have just been published this month in The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists ("Are We There Yet? North American Road Maps to Recovery"). This is the conclusion to a series focusing on the impact of covid on audiovisual archives. Previous interviews were published with Matteo Pavesi (Director, Cineteca italiana, Milan), Meg Labrum (former general manager, Collections Branch, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra), Shivendra Singh (founder and Director, Film Heritage Foundation, Mumbai), and Sungji Oh (Head of the Cinematheque, Korean Film Archive).  

Devin Orgeron,  the editor-in-chief of The Moving Image (U. Minnesota Press), the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, wrote to the research committee at Deakin University to explain the value of these articles. he wrote:

".. Victoria Duckett... has been a valuable and prolific contributor to our journal. As COVID cases were escalating worldwide, Dr. Duckett approached me about doing some interviews with archivists around the world and the measures they were taking to keep their collections accessible and their workflows moving. This idea, to our readers benefit, became a series of such interviews over the course of several issues of the journal. They have been widely read and commented on since 2020, when we published the first of these. The Moving Image is a hybrid journal. It is the scholarly record for a wide range of media academics whose work is in some way connected to archives and archival practice. Our feature-length scholarly essays undergo a double-blind peer review process, and the space in the journal is competitive. We also feature a "Forum" section, where interviews, case studies, tales from the field, etc. have traditionally appeared. While less formal, these more professionally oriented pieces also undergo rigorous review...Dr. Duckett's interviews were reviewed with an even keener eye than usual. Each of her interviews and the accompanying introductions were reviewed and edited by myself (I am a recently retired film scholar), and two carefully chosen additional readers who straddle the academic and archival worlds. The additional rigor, in this case, had mostly to do with our sense from the start that these were likely to become important references for scholars and academics in the future, and we wanted to make sure they were closely read, fact-checked, and polished."