A detailed inventory of a thoroughly inspected audiovisual collection is a key component in preservation planning. Inspection and inventory helps you identify the greatest physical risks in your collection, some of the most valuable content, and allows you to begin to prioritize your collection for digitization. In this session, participants learn the how and why of creating a simple inventory for their collections even without a cataloging system.

Resources:
 Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide
The Secret Life of Machines (video)
AV Artifact Atlas
Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan

Reference for capturing information from tape labels
Reference for noting AD strip results in your inventory