Converting Analog Video to Digital: The Basics

Linda Lashendock
April 18, 2014

Analog rack and computer workstation where the digitizing magic happens.

Analog rack and computer workstation where the digitizing magic happens.

Forty years ago people were video recording movies, television shows, celebrations, and events (political & current) on film or via analog tape (VHS, Beta, U-Matic, etc.).  Today, people are using state-of-the-art video cameras such as professional digital cameras, iPads, and smartphones to capture video content.  With these technologies it becomes vital to preserve both analog and born digital video content.  However, as of now there are NO effective national best practices for video format preservation.  In other words, if these video formats are not being preserved in a Digital Asset Management System (D.A.M.S.) solution, media chaos occurs in the future.  According to the Association of Moving Images Archivists (AMIA) it is predicted that video national best practices for digitizing, compressing video files, and attaching metadata to the video files will be established within 25 years by 2039.  Even though there are no best D.A.M.S. solutions, there are many vendors who are selling digital asset management solutions for huge sums of money which may or may not be sustainable in the future.  Is there an innovative and economical way to create a D.A.M.S. solution for the video content by digitizing, creating uncompressed and compressed video files and attaching metadata to video files until there are best practices?  YES! Continue reading

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Special Olympics at Elon

Betty Garrison
April 11, 2014

Special Olympics, 1995

Special Olympics, 1995

Elon and the Special Olympics have always had a special bond.  Elon College hosted the first state Games in 1972, just four years after the first national Special Olympics Games were held in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Over the years, Elon has supplied thousands of volunteers, from those who plan the event to those who partner with an athlete for the day to all those who sit in the stands to cheer them on.  Each athlete is a winner and each receives a medal on the day they compete. Continue reading

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Veritas: The “liberated” Elon College Newspaper

Shannon Tennant
March 28, 2014

The late 1960s were a time of turmoil on college campuses, and Elon was no exception. Serious issues such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War polarized public opinion in the United States. Rock and roll, “hippies” with long hair, and women’s changing roles were exciting new trends or the end of civilization, depending on your point of view.

Elon had possessed a student newspaper since its earliest days. The Maroon and Gold was founded in 1919 to replace the defunct Elon College Weekly. Though initially independent, by the 1960s the paper was financially supported by the college and produced by a for-credit journalism class. Distrust of the college administration and concerns about censorship prompted a group of students in the Student Government Association to found a “liberated” newspaper. They called it Veritas, meaning truth.

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Celebrating Women’s Athletics at Elon

Jennifer Smith
March 14, 2014

On March 11th, 2014 the Elon University Women’s/Gender Studies Program and the Athletics Department sponsored a panel about the history of women’s athletics at Elon. Panelists for the event included:

Ana Nicksic ’16: Elon sophomore from Valparaiso, Ind., exercise science major and setter on the volleyball team.  She was named to the NCCSIA All-State Second Team, and earned Elon’s top newcomer award in 2012.

Sloane Kessler ’17: Lacrosse player, first-year Elon student and communications major from Owings Mill, Md. At McDonogh High School, she was a 2012 IAAM all-star and also won awards in basketball and field hockey.

Priscilla Awkard ’95: Starting setter for Elon’s volleyball team from 1991-94 where she broke numerous records that still stand today. She is a member of the Elon Sports Hall of Fame, continues to play competitive volleyball and is a coach and administrator at Jammers Volleyball Club.

Jackie Myers: Head women’s basketball and tennis coach for Elon from 1985-94. She is an Elon Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was assistant athletic director at Geneva College and is currently the athletic director at Meredith College.

Faith Shearer: Associate athletic director of Elon Athletics and senior woman administrator since 2002.  Oversees Phoenix women’s basketball, lacrosse, track and field, tennis and volleyball programs, and coordinates gender and diversity efforts for the department. She has also served on numerous committees for the Southern Conference and NCAA.

Dr. Janie Brown: Professor Emerita of Physical Education and an Elon Medallion recipient who served more than 20 years as chair of Elon’s physical education department. She was a trailblazer in advancing the women’s athletic program, and is the past president of the board of directors of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Rod Clare, associate professor of history and member of the W/GS Advisory Council served as the moderator. To view the event, click here http://youtu.be/pMKgI3IwZCE

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Black History Month: The William H. Maness Collection

Immanuel Bryant
March 3, 2014

William H. Maness Sr. ’38 had several rare books in his possession. While observing the range of subjects within his collection I ran across several books that I was surprised to see that Maness had read. They include but are not limited to: Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, Eyewitness: The Negro in American History by William Loren Katz, For Whites Only by Robert W. Terry, and A Pictorial History of the Negro in America written by Langston Hughes & Milton Meltzer.
Below is an annotated bibliography of four out of the many prized possessions and rare books I found within his collection. Continue reading

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Black History Month: Through the Legacy of Elon Alum, William H. Maness

Immanuel Bryant
February 7, 2014

While going through the inventory of the Special Collections of Belk Library I came across a set of books that weren’t on the inventory list. The theme of the books spanned from race relations, social inequality, and other historic issues that have affected the United States. After asking for more information on the unlisted set of books I discovered that they belonged to William H. Maness Sr. ’38, an Elon alum who served as a vocal supporter of the civil rights movement. The more I went through his collection the more interested I became in the man who had been its owner. Continue reading

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Bryan Burney, 1991 Elon Sports Hall of Fame

Shaunta Alvarez
January 31, 2014

You may have seen him strolling into the library during the late afternoon as he makes his way to the newspaper rack. To look at him, you would never know that this quiet man with laid-back mannerisms set impressive records during his time at Elon. Continue reading

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