Thank you for making ‘Save our Stuff’ a success!

Last Wednesday, RADD helped several Madison community members digitize and recover content from audio cassette tapes, VHS tapes, and floppy disks, to name a few. Home movies, journal articles, and datasets were recovered and migrated to more accessible digital formats. Dorothea Salo and SLIS Laboratory Library staff were available to assist in the process and answer questions about long-term storage solutions.

IMG_1659IMG_1658We got some great ideas for how to increase RADD’s capabilities during the event, and hope that we can continue to serve the Madison community with their long-term preservation goals.


Thank you to all who attended and participated! Hope to see you again soon at RADD!

RADD is free and available to use anytime that the SLIS Laboratory Library is open. All SLIS Library staff have been trained to use RADD, so don’t hesitate to ask if you need help with your project!

Save our stuff! Preservation event Wednesday, April 27

Event: Save Our Stuff: Preserve Memories at the Library
Time: Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM in CDT
Locations: SLIS Library – 4191 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park St., Madison WI

Pinney Library – 204 Cottage Grove Road., Madison, WI

RADD is pleased to announce that we will be participating in Preservation Week this year by helping community members ‘rescue’ born-digital data from Zip disks, 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy disks, Jaz disks, and hard drives. Come to the SLIS Library on Wednesday, April 27 from 4 – 7 PM to receive expert help and advice for recovering files from these material types! Don’t forget to bring a USB stick!

“As technology changes, not everyone has the capacity to update to the latest, greatest device,” said Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate.  “Whether you have a decade of photos on an old floppy disk or an unfinished novel stored away on an old hard drive in the closet – we can help you get that data off of those devices,” she said.

This is a CONCURRENT EVENT. Staff from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research will also be helping patrons recover content from A/V formats, such as VHS, mini-DV (camcorder) tapes, and audio cassettes; and provide assistance for home movie film formats such as 8mm, super8, and 16mm. This event will be held at Pinney Library, located on Madison’s East Side.