About MIPoPS

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.

MIPoPS Staff

LIBBY HOPFAUF
Co-Executive Director, Audiovisual Archivist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Libby Savage Hopfauf is the Co-Executive 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.

HANNAH PALIN
Co-Executive Director, President of the Board
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hannah Palin created the moving image preservation program at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections and is one of the founders of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound. She co-authored The Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-cost and No-cost Suggestions to Care for your Film and “Starting from Nothing, The Art of Creating a Film Archive” with Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator for the UW Libraries Special Collections. She taught workshops on moving image preservation for the Society of American Archivists, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. She serves on the Board of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

ANNALISE NICHOLSON
Audiovisual Archivist
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Annalise hopped over to MIPoPS from the Seattle Municipal Archives to process a collection of videotapes from the Woodland Park Zoo–and then MIPoPS never managed to shake her off. After she obtained her MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons University in 2022, she came on board as an Audiovisual Archivist. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning about video formats and digitization and compiling guides and resources for others along the way.

JEN ZOOK
Audiovisual Archivist
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Jen combines her love of filmmaking with her dedication to information access as the Assistant Audiovisual Archivist at MIPoPS.
Her latest projects involve local history research and battling the magnetic media crisis.
She is also a librarian (MLIS, University of Washington, 2002), small-business owner, and dedicated volunteer.
Jen has a deep appreciation for movies and TV, live music, and chocolate chip cookies.

PAUL SIPLE
Audiovisual Technician/Communications Manager
Pronouns: he/him/his
Paul first became familiar with MIPoPS’s work as the Communications Manager for Northwest Film Forum, where he has been on staff since 2016. Already an avid collector of the increasingly obsolete technologies and media that MIPoPS uses regularly, their screenings of archival ephemera at NWFF piqued his curiosity, and he spent the next three years dropping hints. Joining the MIPoPS team as a Communications Manager and Audiovisual Technician in 2020, he now handles social media and copy editing for the organization, supporting digitization and administrative tasks when able. His interests outside of work range from experimental music, to installation art, to direct animation on 16mm film. He received his BA from University of Chicago, where he studied mixed media sculpture, video art, and drawing.

MIPoPS Board

Rachel Price
Board Member
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Rachel Price is the co-founder 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.

Traci Timmons
Secretary of the Board
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Traci Timmons is Managing Librarian at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) in Seattle. Prior to that she oversaw the libraries and archives at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) for nearly twenty years. She is passionate about media preservation and was awarded several 4Culture grants and an NEH grant to preserve SAM’s historic audio-visual collection. Among her many duties at WTBBL, she is actively working on an audio preservation project connected to the library’s former radio station.

Woods Fairbanks
Board Member
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Woods Fairbanks is an archivist and investor who works at University of Washington Libraries Special Collections helping to preserve film and video.

Kara McDonald
Board Member
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Kara McDonald is the Director of Philanthropy and Planned Giving at The Seattle Public Library Foundation and previously was the Associate Director, Libraries Advancement at the University of Washington. She is interested in building relationships to help people and nonprofits meet their philanthropic goals. Libraries can change the world!

Carol Shenk
Board Member
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Carol Shenk served as King County Archivist in Seattle, Washington. In addition, she was the 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.

Advisors

Anne Frantillia
MIPoPS Advisor
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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.

Andrew Weaver
MIPoPS Advisor
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Andrew is MIPoPS’ Archivist-at-Large and Preservation Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries. He is an archivist/librarian 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 worked 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!

Anna Briggs
MIPoPS Advisor
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Anna Briggs is based in England. She is a moving image archivist specialized in amateur and non-fiction film curation, film literacy, archival outreach and programming. She serves as an advisor to Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound. Anna studied film at the University of Bologna and the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and moving image archive studies at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Fulbright fellow. She has worked as a lecturer, teacher and teacher trainer, film literacy project manager, youth and outreach worker, film production and film festival assistant, translator, radio host, archive researcher and archivist. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis investigating non-fiction moving images as objects of archival and curatorial practice, comparing data from twelve case studies about different archives around the world. She is co-editor of the blog Screen & and an expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.