University of Wisconsin–Madison

Instructor Dorothea Salo Awarded Baldwin WI Idea Grant

SaloFaculty Associate Dorothea Salo has been awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant to digitize unique audiovisual materials from Wisconsin cultural institutions and community organizations. With the help of SLIS students Courtney Becks and Logan Rains, Salo will digitize VHS and U-Matic videotapes as well as reel-to-reel tapes and audiocassettes from: the Cedarburg Public Library; the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, WI; the Mineral Point Library and Archives; and community television station WYOU in Madison.

This will be SLIS’s proof-of-concept project for RADD, “Recovering Analog and Digital Data,” an audiovisual digitization and digital-media capture station in the SLIS Laboratory Library that Salo built in 2015 with help from SLIS students and generous equipment donations from the UW-Madison community. Salo hopes to use RADD to continue training students to handle at-risk audiovisual and digital materials while helping Wisconsin preserve its 20th-century heritage.