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News, new roles & preservation advocacy: moving libraries into action
Date: 10-12 August 2016
Location: The Hilton, downtown Lexington, KY, USA
A Cooperative Model for Preserving Historical Television News Content
Head of Special Collections
University of North Texas
Copyright 2016 by Morgan Gieringer.This work is made available under the terms of the Creative
Commons Attribution 4.0 International License:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
The archival profession must begin to confront the many challenges inherent in the large-
scale preservation of twentieth century audiovisual resources. A significant portion of our
shared cultural heritage, including historical television news recordings, is at risk due to
complicated copyright issues, degradation of the original media, the cost involved in digitizing
audiovisual resources, and the difficulty of preserving high resolution digital video files.
Cooperation between heritage institutions and content creators facilitated by a Custodial
Partnership Model is the key to overcoming these significant challenges. The University of North
Texas (UNT) and the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) affiliate station of the National Broadcasting
Company (NBC 5/KXAS) have partnered to preserve the content of the oldest television news
station in Texas. This unique partnership will not only preserve over 60 years of television news
content through the digitization of original 16mm film and video, but it will also result in free
public access to the digitized content online. This paper will explain this partnership from the
perspective of both the library and the television news station, and it will provide s possible
solutions to the issues of copyright, funding and access to audiovisual collections. Examples
from the UNT-NBC 5/KXAS partnership will serve to illustrate the crucial need to preserve
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Gieringer, Morgan Davis. A Cooperative Model for Preserving Historical Television News Context, paper, September 18, 2017; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1042582/m1/1/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.