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Janice Simpson Elected President Of AMIA

Will join the International Association of Moving Image Archivists Board of Directors in December (October 11, 2005)

Janice Simpson has been elected President of the International Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and will join the AMIA Board of Directors in December 2005 for a two-year term.

AMIA is the largest non-profit, professional membership association worldwide for individuals and institutions concerned with the acquisition, preservation, restoration, exhibition, and use of film, video, sound, and digital materials. AMIA publishes, educates, promotes standards, facilitates communication, honors the work of archivists and administers scholarships. The organization also collaborates with institutions and organizations to design, promote and implement moving image preservation policies and plans.

?I am honored to be AMIAs President-elect, stated Simpson. ?The Association is a leader in the field and provides critical services to a variety of constituencies worldwide.

Simpson is Director of Global Preservation Programs at Cinetech, a division of Ascent Media Management Services, which is a part of Ascent Media Group (AMG). Her department is dedicated to outreach and education, providing information about Ascent Media services to the archival community. Ascent Media offers solutions for the creation, management, preservation, and distribution of media content, and provides creative and technical services through facilities around the world.

?Janice is well established in the archival community and has a solid reputation in the preservation industry, said Sean Coughlin, President of Cinetech and an industry leader in film preservation and restoration. ?Her work at Ascent Media bridges the gap between the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds. She is an asset to the field and we are in full support of the important work she will be doing with AMIA.

"Janice will be joining the Board at an exciting time," stated Laura Rooney, AMIA Acting Director. "AMIA is working on several important initiatives including our upcoming Annual Conference in Austin. This event is an opportunity for our community to share information, network, and honor the work of moving image archivists."

Simpson joined Ascent Media from AMIA where she was Managing Director (1997-2005). Prior to that, she headed the Sound and Moving Image Section at the Provincial Archives of Ontario in Canada (1990-1997). Simpson holds a Masters degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia, has over 15 years experience as an active member-volunteer in the archival community. She has participated on National Film Preservation Foundation grant panels as well as lectured and led archival workshops for a variety of national and international organizations.

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