Philadelphia Audiovisual Collections Evaluation (PACE)

An internal field scan of community media collections and the local needs and capacity for archiving and preservation.

In 2022, one of the main focus areas for the People’s Media Record (PMR) is conducting an assessment of the local community media preservation and archiving landscape. The assessment, called the Philadelphia Audiovisual Collections Evaluation (PACE), will allow us to better understand the current state of community media preservation activities. 

We know that we are not alone in our struggle to navigate and maintain an archive of audiovisual material.  Conversations over the years with similar projects, organizations, and individuals have taught us that many of us are in similar positions.  Our needs assessment process, conducted in collaboration with Scribe Video Center and Philadelphia Cable Access Media, is an opportunity to understand the landscape of audiovisual community media archives in the Philadelphia area.

The first step of this assessment was to survey local organizations, projects, and individuals about their community media collections. For our purposes, we have defined community media collections as the documentation and gathering, outside an institutional archive, of media material produced in service of the community who creates it. From this page, you can check out a preview copy of the survey and read through the glossary we created to aid in completing the survey component of this assessment.

Following our survey, we conducted 6 in-depth interviews with selected collections. We are currently preparing to conduct focus groups discussing our initial evaluation findings. A full report will be available publicly in late 2022/early 2023.

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