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 a similar position.  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 is 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. We are inviting anyone in the Philadelphia region who has a collection that fits this description to complete our survey (email us at for the link!). A limited number of stipends ($100) are available to support survey completion. The survey will remain live through July 1st 2022, please submit your response before that date.

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. If you have questions or wish to participate in our survey – email

The survey will take some time to complete: we estimate about an hour to complete. There are a LOT of questions; you do not need to answer every single one, please answer those you know and feel free to skip ones you do not know or want to answer.

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