The Section 108 Dilemma: Red Tape, Video Tape, and Digital Conversion

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The Boston Library Consortium’s Media Community of Interest is happy to announce our spring program: The Section 108 Dilemma: Red Tape, Video Tape, and Digital Conversion

Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:00am-3:30pm | Brandeis University, Waltham, MA | Sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium (BLC)


About this Event

As older formats become obsolescent, today’s academic libraries are making decisions about weeding and preserving older audio and video formats. But it isn’t simply a decision to keep or to save: copyright law and technical work for conversion are complex considerations. This program attempts to help unpack the red tape and skills involved in preserving analog video and audio with experts on copyright, analog to digital conversion, and new initiatives.  Please learn about the dilemmas, find answers, and contribute to the discussion that academic libraries need to have.   A flyer for the event is available here.

Event Program (link will open a pdf document)


Kyle Courtney, Program Manager and Copyright Advisor, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University

Kyle K. Courtney, a lawyer and librarian, serves as Copyright Advisor for Harvard, working out of the Library's Office for Scholarly Communication. He works across the University to help establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright within the Harvard community. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its 6th year at Harvard, and he runs a parallel national network that has spread the program to libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions in Rhode Island, California, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska (Massachusetts coming soon). He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, libraries, and the law.

Jessica Fjeld, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Cyberlaw Clinic

Jessica Fjeld is a Lecturer on Law and the Assistant Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She focuses her legal practice on issues impacting digital media and art including intellectual property; freedom of expression, privacy, and related human rights issues; contract; and corporate law. Recently, she has emphasized work with AI-generated art, the overlap of existing rights and ethics frameworks on emerging technologies, and legal issues confronted by digital archives. Before joining the Clinic, Jessica worked in Business & Legal Affairs for WGBH Educational Foundation, where she advised the American Archive of Public Broadcasting along with numerous WGBH productions. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Hamilton Fellow, James Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts; an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts; and a BA from Columbia University. 

David Shea, Student attorney for the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic

David Shea is a second-year law student at Harvard Law School (HLS). He is currently a student attorney in the HLS Cyberlaw Clinic while taking coursework in Copyright law. He is also interested in criminal justice reform with a particular bent on sentencing and prison reform which has led him to a position as both Lead Article Editor and Executive Online Content Editor for Harvard's Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. David is a member and active participant in Harvard's Prison Legal Assistance Program (PLAP) and has interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Baltimore, Maryland. This summer David plans to begin a career in white collar defense and general litigation with a Washington D.C law firm. Before pursuing his J.D., David received an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a Masters in Urban Planning (with coursework in Real Estate Finance) from The University of Southern California before working for a number of years in private real estate investment.

Sarah McCleskey, Head of Resource and Collection Services, Hofstra University

An academic librarian with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of institutions, Sarah McCleskey has been Head of Resource and Collection Services at Hofstra University Library since 2004 and previously held positions at Clemson University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working with film and media, architecture and the fine arts. She has expertise in project planning and management, collection management, copyright and scholarly communication, licensing, film programming, fundraising, and personnel management. She is a frequently published author and professionally active, with experience organizing and facilitating at numerous conferences. Sarah serves on the Academic Libraries Video Trust advisory board, and has just completed a three year term on the editorial board of the Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship. Sarah holds both an MSLS and MA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Latin and Politics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

Jonathan Iannone, Digital Media Supervisor, Northeastern University Libraries

Jonathan Iannone is a Recording Studio Supervisor at Snell Library Recording Studios at Northeastern University. He has many years of experience digitizing media for various projects. He understands and implements preproduction, production and post production solutions in a academic setting in a very active recording facility within Snell Library. Jonathan has a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College with a Minor in Communication Studies. 

Kimberly Kennedy, Digital Production Coordinator, Northeastern University Libraries

Kimberly (Kim) Kennedy is the current Digital Production Coordinator at the Northeastern University Library.  She manages A/V and paper-based material digitization.  Before coming to Northeastern, she worked as a Scanning and Document Delivery Associate in the MIT Libraries.  She has a MSLIS from Simmons University and a BA from Tufts University.   

Chris Lewis, Media Librarian, American University

Chris Lewis has been the Media Librarian at American University in Washington DC since 1992. He has an avid interest in film of all genres including documentary, film noir, international film, and arthouse cinema. He has also been an innovator in outreach to users – using blogs, social media, posters, and web pages - and was an early enthusiast for streaming video. He has been driving videotape conservation efforts at AU since the first month he arrived – when a videotape with a particularly bad case of sticky shed clogged one U-matic player after another to the chagrin of a consternated faculty member.

Phil Salvador, Collections Coordinator, American University

Phil Salvador is the Visual Media Collections Coordinator at the American University Library. Among his collection management responsibilities, he implements the library’s VHS conservation workflow. He has worked at the American University Library since he started a student employee ten years ago, and he received his Master's in Library and Information Science from Catholic University in 2015. He loves ephemeral media and seeing what unique titles the library has in its collections.

Meghan Bergin, Metadata Coordinator, UMass Amherst Libraries

Meghan Banach Bergin is the Head of the Metadata Unit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She serves on the ALA ALCTS Program Committee and the New England Technical Services Executive Board and is a member of Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC).  Her areas of expertise are in metadata, technical services management, scholarly communication, and digital preservation.  In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga and riding horses.

Gabe Stetson, Coordinator of Digital Curriculum, Reserves, and Media, UMass Amherst Libraries

Gabe Stetson is the Coordinator of Digital Curriculum Reserve and Media at the UMass Amherst Libraries.  While the primary focus of his work these days is addressing course material affordability issues, he still enjoys digging through dusty basement collections of obsolete media and the challenges associated with preservation and access.

Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Bryce Roe is the Manager of Audio Preservation Services at Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), where she confers with collection-holding institutions and individuals to evaluate their audio collections and develop preservation proposals. Bryce earned her MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons College, and a BA in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College.

Dawn Aveline, Director of Preservation Programs, Preservation Technologies

Dawn Aveline joined Preservation Technologies in January 2019, bringing with her 8 years’ experience in library and archives preservation. In 2010 she entered UCLA’s Master of Library and Information Science program with a focus on Archival Studies. She worked as a student assistant in the UCLA Library Preservation Program, until graduating in 2012 and joining the Library full-time as Associate Librarian/Preservation Specialist. In 2013, Dawn was appointed Preservation Officer and Head of Preservation and Conservation for UCLA Library. She led a team of experts engaged in preservation support and advocacy for the University’s collections. During her tenure Dawn facilitated the department’s relocation and implemented the expansion of the Audiovisual Studio, adding film scanning and grooved media transfers, an eightfold increase in compact cassette and micro-cassette digitization, and doubling the video transfer capabilities.


Event Logistics:

For questions, contact the event committee: Laura Jenemann (, Debra Mandel ( , Joanna Fuchs ( and Mei Mendez (

The event will take place in the Treasure Room of the Brandeis Library. Please refer to this campus map to note the Library's location.

Driving & Public Transit Information

From Mass Pike I-90 Eastbound

  • Take exit 14 for I-95/Rt 128. Keep left for 95/128 North. While on the ramp, exit immediately onto exit 24 for Route 30. Bear left onto Route 30. Turn right at the first traffic light onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Brandeis is one-half mile ahead on the left, at 415 South Street.

From Mass Pike I-90 Westbound

  • Take exit 15B for Weston, Rte. 30. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Park Road. At the traffic light, turn right onto Route 30. Turn left at the next traffic light onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Brandeis is one-half mile ahead on the left, at 415 South Street.

From I-95/Route 128 Southbound

  • Take exit 24 for Route 30. At end of ramp, proceed through traffic light (across Route 30) onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Brandeis is one-half mile ahead on the left, at 415 South Street.

From I-95/Route 128 Northbound

  • Take exit 24 for Route 30. Route 30 is one of several options at this exit, so follow signs carefully. Turn left at the top of the ramp onto Route 30. Turn right at the traffic lights onto River Street. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Brandeis is one-half mile ahead on the left, at 415 South Street.

Commuter Rail (Fitchburg Line/South Acton Line)

  • Commuter train service is available from Boston's North Station (Fitchburg/South Acton line) to the Brandeis/Roberts Station that borders the campus. See MBTA site for schedules.

Parking Information:

Visitor Passes
For anyone driving to the event, you will need to get a visitor pass from Public Safety. When you enter campus, you will go to the Information Booth located at the Main Entrance. You will tell the parking attendant that you are here for a BLC event at the Library. The attendant will ask you some vehicle information before issuing the pass. Your visitor pass will allow you to park in any area designated as blue.  

If for some reason, there is no attendant at the Information Booth, you will need to go to Public Safety in Stoneman to get a visitor pass. To get to Stoneman, from the main entrance you will turn right up the Loop Road. You will pass the Science center on your left and on your right, you will see the bridge crossing South Street. On your right-hand side is Stoneman it is across stair leading up to the Usdan Castle.

With a visitor pass, you can park in any lot or area designated as a Blue Zone. Areas to park:
Along the Loop Road from the Usdan Student Center to the Chapels, Kutz Hall lot, North Parking Lot, the small lot in front of the Heller School, and the small lot in front of the Library across from the Mandel Center.



The following hotels are located near Brandeis University. 

Boston Marriott Newton (5min car ride to campus)

2345 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02466



Best Western TLC Hotel (10min car ride to campus)
380 Winter St.
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

Courtyard Boston Waltham (10min car ride to campus)
387 Winter St.
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

The Westin Waltham Boston (10min car ride to campus )
70 Third Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
781-290-5600 front desk
800-937-8461 reservations