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Michigan Archival Association's 2015 Annual Meeting in Holland, Michigan, on June 11, 2015. Also presented at the Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) meeting at Albion College on October 9, 2015.


Western Michigan University has decades worth of unique recorded content on aging magnetic media. WMU’s School of Music has a particularly rich collection of recordings featuring student and faculty ensembles, visiting artist performances, and graduate recitals. Facing the possibility of losing these invaluable recorded sound artifacts through obsolescence or decay, the University Libraries realized we could wait no longer and needed to develop a preservation and digitization strategy to ensure long term access.