This paper focuses on preservation of sound recordings in Czech libraries, museums, archives and other holders of audio heritage collections. Unfortunately, the Czech Republic lacks a central institution established to protect this type of heritage. The paper briefly covers the history of audio recording preservation in the country and describes the approach taken by the Moravian Library in Brno, who is now spearheading the effort to protect the documents now stored in a large number of disparate collections across the nation. The paper covers both the organisational and technical side of these activities: from putting together all relevant stakeholders, finding a common ground and the sources of financing, to surveying of existing collections, publishing discographies, cataloguing and implementing metadata standards, to development and implementation of tools and methodologies to help the digitisation process and the preservation and access of digitized sound recordings. Many of the technical solutions developed by the Moravian Library are freely available to co-operating institutions.
Moravian Library in Brno
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