Johna (lostarkeo) wrote in archivists,

Film Preservation

Hi all! I have a question regarding film preservation schools on the east coast. The two I'm aware of include NYU Master’s Degree Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, and George Eastman House House L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film and Video Preservation. Both are pretty pricey...around the same tuition I paid for my undergrad.

I currently have a masters in Library Science from Queens College with a certificate in archives, but I have a deep desire to work in film preservation. I chose the path of an MLS because I wanted librarianship to be something to fall back on, and actually it worked out when I really couldn't find jobs in the archive field following graduation last June. I'm currently a reference and instruction librarian at a small college.

I feel like my question is silly because I know the answer is yes, but I'd like to hear your input. My question is (for any film archivists in the community or anyone who may know the answer), do you recommend a film preservation degree? Would my certificate in archives (and additional readings I do to keep up with the field on the side) be enough? I guess it would depend on the job description, right? Sigh....

I just got into the habit of paying back loans and it would break my heart to take out another large chunk, haha! Perhaps there are alternatives that I'm not seeing. Anyway, thanks in advance!
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