About AV Compass

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Developed with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AV Compass is a suite of free online resources that offers comprehensive instruction in organizing and preserving a media collection. AV Compass dispels the uncertainty of how to begin thinking about preserving old tapes, films and discs by guiding users through each step of creating a preservation plan.

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 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 collecting archives and preservationists