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John Vallier  

Collecting, curating, preserving, and providing access to audio/video/film collections @ the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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As 'head of distributed media' I collect, preserve, and make moving image media and sound recordings accessible at the Libraries Media Center. I also oversee operations for the Media Center and the mediArcade, serve as the primary film and video selector for the Libraries. Sometimes I teach and write on topics related to ethnomusicology, archiving, remix studies, and music/film criticism (see my CV here). Before coming to the UW I was Archivist at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center, and a drummer for sundry and unsavory sonic projects.
For students I can:
•    Recommend and find films, videos, and music for your research and learning needs.
•    Tell you about what services and audio/video resources the Libraries has to offer you.
•    Meet with you to discuss research related to ethnomusicology, copyright, NW music, film, and archives.

For faculty I can:
•    Introduce your students to the Libraries' audio/video/film collections and research tools/strategies via workshops.
•    Discuss ways to best incorporate research skills and audio/video/film materials into your class assignments.
•    Recommend and acquire videos, music, and other sound recordings for your research and teaching needs.
•    Work with you to publish and promote select student work on the Libraries' website.
•    Offer help with copyright, funding strategies, and workflows for the preservation of cultural heritage materials.
•    Speak with you about digitizing, preserving, and providing access to audio/video/film materials.
•    Act as a liaison communicating your department's concerns and needs to library administration.

For the public I can:
•    Answer questions about the role the Libraries plays in preserving and providing access to NW music and film.
•    Offer guidance on preserving and providing access to your audio/video/film collections.
•    Answer questions you may have about our audio/video/film collections.

Library Guides

Subject and class guides created by me (often with the help of numerous iSchool students!) to help you attain your academic pursuits.

Audio & Video Research Guide
by John Vallier - Last Updated Nov 25, 2014
This guide provides links to and information about audio and video resources at the UW and beyond.
4,953 views this year
Bob Nelson Collection of Folk Music
by John Vallier - Last Updated Mar 14, 2014
A guide to the artists and recordings represented in the Bob Nelson Collection of Folk Music.
368 views this year
Chamber Dance Company Archive
by John Vallier, Angela Weaver - Last Updated Jul 17, 2015
A unique collection of video documenting the UW Chamber Dance Dance Company's over 25 year history of performing modern dance classics.
1,194 views this year
Crocodile Café Collection
by John Vallier - Last Updated Mar 10, 2015
The Crocodile Café Collection contains over 3000 hours of live music recordings. Recorded at the Café between 2002 and 2007 by audio engineer Jim Anderson, these recordings document performances by dozens of artists, notable and obscure.
404 views this year
Gramsci and Foucault at the Movies
by John Vallier - Last Updated May 2, 2015
The Winners of the SIS 202 Media Center Film Paper Competition.
1,842 views this year
Kearney Barton Collection of NW Music
by John Vallier - Last Updated Jul 24, 2015
This guide contains information about and links to recordings from the Kearney Barton Collection of NW Music.
424 views this year
Puget Sounds Puget
by John Vallier - Last Updated Jun 24, 2015
Puget Sounds is a UW Libraries project that aims to archive and share information about the kaleidoscopic nature of music from Seattle and the Puget Sound region.
399 views this year
Puget Sounds Honors Seminar (Spring 2012)
by John Vallier - Last Updated Mar 30, 2015
Online syllabus and guide to my class on ethnomusicology archiving and music history from/around Seattle.
518 views this year
Sound Recording Collecting in Crisis
by Judy Tsou, John Vallier - Last Updated Aug 8, 2015
A portal to information about the National Forum on Online-Only Music, a 2014 IMLS funded National Leadership Grant for Libraries.
236 views this year
Streaming Video Guide
by John Vallier - Last Updated Jul 30, 2015
Find streaming and online videos for your research and teaching needs.
10,124 views this year
DVD & VHS Browsing Guide
by John Vallier - Last Updated Jul 10, 2015
This guide helps you browse the Libraries' massive video collections. Discover movies you never knew we had!
2,392 views this year
Vintage 16mm Film Collection
by John Vallier - Last Updated Oct 27, 2014
Looking for vintage 16mm moving image film? The Vintage 16mm Film Collection (formerly the Educational Media Collection) contains many rare and unique 16mm film titles.
457 views this year

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Suzzallo Library - Box 352900
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