Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound was formed to help preserve audiovisual heritage in the Pacific Northwest by assisting heritage organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices. The consortium was founded by Rachel Price, executive director; Anne Frantilla, City Archivist at Seattle Municipal Archives; Hannah Palin, Film Archives Specialist at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections; and Carol Shenk, formerly King County Archivist at King County Archives. After three years of planning, MIPoPS received its 501(c)(3) status in 2015. MIPoPS supports videotape digitization and preservation by heritage organizations with neither the resources nor expertise to address these at-risk materials.
Rachel Price is the director of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound. She completed an M.A. in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA in 2009. Prior to entering the program, she was the project lead for an access and digitization project of the film collection at the Seattle Municipal Archives, where she had previously volunteered. She was a DJ at community radio and Pacifica affiliate KBCS-FM for 14 years, where her first on-air position there was a midnight-3am film soundtrack show. She is currently producing a series of animated shorts about seabirds with Seattle animator Karen Lewis. The first short, Birdathlon, has been at several film festivals in the US, Canada and the UK. In addition, she and journalist Peter Monaghan run the website Moving Image Archive News.
Libby Savage Hopfauf is the Program Manager/Audiovisual Archivist at Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) and Project Audiovisual Archivist at Seattle Municipal Archives (SMA) in Seattle, Washington. She received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of the Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Sociology from Western Washington University. She is passionate about creating resources that provide intuitive use of open-source tools, making the digitizing process accessible to archivists (with a wide variety of skill-levels) to ensure the sustainability of institutions to preserve their videotape and conquer the magnetic media crisis.
Ari Lavigne is the Assistant Audiovisual Archivist and Metadata Specialist at MIPoPS. She also manages our social media and marketing. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2018 and started at MIPoPS in fall 2017. Before coming to MIPoPS, she spent time processing film and video and building collections of born-digital material at University of Washington’s Special Collections, researching the history of Seattle’s Freeway Revolt as an Archival Research Assistant, and providing research and reference at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Rare Books and Special Collections department.
Hannah Palin helped to create the moving image preservation program at the UW Libraries, Special Collections and has been working on moving image projects there for over a decade. In her work as the Moving Image Archives Specialist, she has managed a number of grant projects including the Washington Film Preservation Project, in which Special Collections performed preservation work and conducted workshops for nine regional institutions that did not have the ability to preserve their film collections, including Seattle Municipal Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, the Museum of Flight, the Yakama Nation, and the Burke Museum. She co-authored The Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-cost and No-cost Suggestions to Care for your Film with Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator for the UW Libraries Special Collections. They also co-authored a recent article in the Association of Moving Image Archivists journal The Moving Image, “Starting from Nothing, The Art of Creating a Film Archive.” She has recently completed work on a major multi-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve the Mountaineers Film Collection. She taught workshops on moving image preservation for the Society of American Archivists, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. She is also one of the founders of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, a collaborative project to assist small, regional heritage institutions preserve their videotape collections. Ms. Palin worked in both film and radio production and, before coming to Special Collections, she used to spend forty hours a week, sitting in the dark, watching home movies in a local film transfer lab.
Carol Shenk has served as King County Archivist in Seattle, Washington, since 2013. Before joining King County, Carol served as Information Manager for the Seattle City Clerk and Municipal Archives where she managed online databases, led digitization projects, and helped develop the Municipal Archives’ Digital Assets Preservation program. Prior to that, Carol served as records manager and public disclosure officer for the City of Shoreline; was a team lead in Amazon.com’s catalog group; and served several stints as clerk and then librarian at Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington. Carol earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington in 1998 and has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. Carol is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Anne Frantilla is City Archivist and Director of the Seattle Municipal Archives (SMA) and Records Management Program, a position she has held since 2016. From 1999 to 2016 she served as assistant and deputy archivist for SMA. From 1992 to 1999 she worked at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan in reference and university records. She began her career as an archivist at Burroughs Corporation, later Unisys, as Corporate Archivist where she worked from 1984 to 1991. Anne received her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Washington.
Anna Briggs is a moving image archivist specialised in amateur and documentary film curation, film literacy, archival outreach and programming. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours (France): the subject of her research is non-fiction moving images as archival and curatorial objects. She has recently presented her research at the Library of Congress’ Cultural Heritage Archive Symposium and at the 21st Visible Evidence international conference in Delhi. Anna is also a lecturer, teaching cataloguing and documentary film analysis. She is an expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission, and is a board member of non-profit organisations Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound and Xcape, a community recording studio in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (France).
Andrew is MIPoPS’ Archivist-at-Large. He is an archivist/libarian who specializes in audiovisual and digital materials. After graduating from UW with his MLIS, he worked at the UW Libraries Media Center and the CUNY Television Archive as part of a National Digital Stewardship Residency. All the while, he has been a consultant for MIPoPS. He recently headed east-ward for a position at Washington State University as a Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Librarian. Andrew is particularly interested in using technology to increase access to collections, integrating AV resources into instruction, Open Source software/workflows/formats and preserving the audiovisual heritage of the Pacific Northwest!