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Developed with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, BAVC Media’s latest tool supporting the audiovisual preservation field is a suite of free online resource that offers comprehensive instruction in organizing and preserving a media collection. Intended for use by individuals and organizations alike, AV Compass features step-­by­-step educational videos, PDF guides and a simple, easy-­to-­use tool for creating accurate inventories. AV Compass dispels the uncertainty of how to begin thinking about preserving old tapes, films and discs. This resource will guide users through creating a preservation plan and taking specific steps to make that plan happen.

AV Compass is a web­-based suite of educational resources that includes:

  • Instructional guides and 11 short videos that walk a user through the assessment
  • Overview of preservation concepts
  • Directions on how create a preservation plan and make it happen
  • A free tool to create an inventory of your collection, which you can export and send to BAVC Media