CONTEMPORARY LIBRARIES CONFERENCE 2018

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From the 11th to 13th of September 2018, Contemporary Libraries took place in Olomouc. On September 12th, Helena Novotná from the New Phonograph team, whose birth year (1992) coincided with the launch of this annual conference, presented to an audience of Czech academics and librarians.

The principle aim of her paper was to inform staff of memory institutions about the launch of the New Phonograph project. In brief, it covered basic information such as the duration of the project, the investigators and the research focus of the project were summarized. A longer time was devoted to the project focus (such as the complex issues of protection and retention of the oldest audio carriers) and its justification. Following this, some project outputs were described, together with the outputs for which the Department of Information Studies and the Library of Masaryk University (KISK) are responsible, namely training seminars.

Helena Novotná described her involvement in the project related to KISK teaching and other selected outputs, primarily in the form of expert texts. At the end of the paper, she stressed that the subject of interest in the project is not mass digitization but the development of procedures and tools for rescuing the contents of historical sound carriers. The paper was delivered to about forty people attending the conference.