MN Media Arts completes ETV's Media Collection Care Management contract.

MN Media Arts provides Media Collection Care
Management Services
for Eagan Community Television. March 2020.

Mark's freehand design.
Mark Stanley Meets with
Dan and Mike to launch their project.

MNMA recently completed a consulting contract with Eagan Community Television. Mark Stanley and Ron McCoy assisted Eagan Television staff;  Dan Callahan and Mike McIntee helping them to secure a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant for the organizational management and metadata planning for ETV’s 9,000+ media archive collection covering the years 1985-2015.

Eagan Television (ETV) is Eagan, MN’s community TV station—which cablecasts local programming produced by community members. ETV staff covers the government meetings, high school sports games, and music at Market Fest. Residents and organizations also submit their own local programs and video stories for public viewing. ETV operates three cable channels for public access, community, and government programming such as City Council and advisory commission meetings.

MNMA provided expertise designing a media collections care process to secure and stabilize the legacy media formats of past cablecast programs; public access shows, local origination productions and public affairs shows.

ETV's Dan Callahan comments..
The knowledge and experience of Ron and Mark at Minnesota Media Arts was invaluable in guiding us through the process and advising us on every step. They have laid the foundation and given us the blueprint to complete the preservation and archiving of our historical knowledge assets in smaller, more realistic steps.

MNMA’s services included recommending solutions for improved archive storage, boxes and labeling, a new data entry format for a new metadata based finding aid, all providing the necessary steps in preparing ETV for the digital conversion project phase addressing the “Magnetic Media Crisis” impacting both the analogue videotapes and DVD media disks in the ETV media collection.

Most of the VHS tapes had handwritten labels

The collection needed a better management
system for finding content and improved access.  

Mark Stanley doing the preliminary
Mini-DV tape visual inventory.

Ron McCoy working on the
DVD-R visual inventory

ETV has over 4,000 DVD-R recordings.

Mike McIntee reviewing the data entry
process for the new Metadata Finding aid.   

ETV’s new storage box format for
their ¾” U-matic videocassette collection.


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