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Preservation Unit 
425 Library, MC-522
UIUC Library
1408 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801

Conservation Lab 
Oak St. Library Facility
OSLF, 2nd Floor
809 South Oak Street
Mail Code 527
Champaign, IL 61820


Analog: media carried on non-digital formats (VHS videotape, vinyl record, et al.)

Asset: a media object held by a department

Audio: sound recordings on either analog or optical disk digital formats, including both commercial and unique/unpublished content

Born-digital: media created as digital files, and stored on hard drives or servers (.WAV file, .MOV file, et al.)

Film: moving image film, either on an acetate, polyester, or nitrate base

Media Carrier: the physical entity that stores the moving images or sound (or both) and allows for them to be played back

Optical Disk Digital: media that is stored on a physical format and read by optical means (CD, DVD, et al.)

Video: both analog and digital video tape, either open reel or enclosed in a cassette