Play/Back Program Committee

Bertram Lyons (Program Committee)

Bertram Lyons, Senior Consultant at AVPreserve, specializes in the acquisition, management, and preservation of documentary, research, and cultural heritage collections. For fourteen years Bert has worked as an archivist for extensive audiovisual archives, first at the Alan Lomax Archive and most recently at the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress, where he developed tools, policies, and partnerships around the development and management of analog and digital archival collections. His recent activities include the implementation of digital risk assessment standards in the assessment of digital preservation environments; the design and implementation of an audiovisual format analysis training program for the FBI Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit; development of digital collections management workflows, tools, and policies (including a new tool, Exactly); the design and implementation of a nation-wide, EAD-compliant, multi-user online cataloging platform for folklore collections, a project sponsored by the American Folklore Society and hosted at Indiana University; the design, development, and implementation of the U.S. International Standard Music Number (ISMN) web application for the Music Division at the Library of Congress, the U.S. ISMN agency; as well as the development of a collaborative workflow system for the congressionally mandated U.S. Civil Rights History Project, a born-digital oral-history partnership between the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African-American History and Culture.


Bert is active nationally and internationally with professional archival organization, including the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (Member of the Executive Board and Editor of IASA publications) the Society of American Archivists (Council Member), the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). He has also received certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a graduate of the Archives Leadership Institute. He holds a MA in museum studies with a focus in American studies and archival theory from the University of Kansas. Bert often serves as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches Archive Appraisal & Theory, Digital Curation, and Web & Social Media Archiving.


Judy Tsou (Program Committee)

Judy Tsou is Head of the Music Library and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Music at the School of Music at the University of Washington.  Her research centers on the intersection of race and gender in music as well as on archives, rights, and virtual music.  She has co-edited an award-winning volume of essays, Cecilia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music. Her recent publications include “Ether Today, Gone Tomorrow: 21st Century Sound Recording Collection in Crisis” (co-authored with John Vallier) in Notes, the Journal of the Music Library Association (March 2016); “‘I am not sure we should have a woman in the position’: Hiring Practices in the Mid-Twentieth- Century American Academy” in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (2015); and “Composing Difference: Tonal Language and the Power of Cio-Cio San” in Rethinking Difference in Musical Scholarship (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  She has served as President of the Society for American Music and of the US Branch of IAML.  As president of IAML US, she successfully led the merger of the Branch with the Music Library Association.  She is a current member of the National Recordings Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.



Jeff Lambert (Program Committee)


Jeff Lambert has been Executive Director of the National Film Preservation Foundation since September 2014. Prior to that he was the manager of the NFPF grant program for more than a decade; he directed the growth of the nationwide program that has served 284 cultural institutions across all 50 states and preserved thousands of motion pictures that would have been unlikely to survive without public support. In 2003, he worked with The Film Foundation to create the Avant-Garde Masters Grants, the first American grant program to target the preservation of experimental film. Now in its 14th year, the NFPF-TFF collaboration has saved works by more than 60 celebrated film artists, from Kenneth Anger to Andy Warhol. Jeff was the producer behind the award-winning NFPF DVD set Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986.  Jeff has taught at San Francisco State University and served on the board of the San Francisco Cinematheque. He has written film criticism for The Nashville Scene and Senses of Cinema.



Pam Wintle (Program Committee)

Pamela Wintle is founder of and senior moving image archivist for the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Studies Film Archives (1977 to present) and member of the Smithsonian Network Review Committee. She is an active member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and served from 2001-2009 as AMIA’s representative on the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board. She is also a founding and continuing board member of Northeast Historic Film, a New England regional film archives, located in Bucksport, Maine. One can view a video oral history with Ms. Wintle on the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology’s website:


Kate Murray (Program Committee)

Kate Murray is the IT Specialist (Audio-Visual) in the Technology Policy Directorate at the Library of Congress where she leads the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Audio-Visual Working Group and contributes to the Sustainability of Digital Formats website. Previously, Kate worked at NARA, University of Maryland Libraries, Emory University Libraries, University of Cape Town Libraries and NYU Libraries. Kate is an active member of AMIA (Preservation Committee co-chair 2010-2013), SMPTE, and IASA (Technical Committee member).


Emily Swafford (Program Committee)

Emily Swafford is manager of academic affairs at the American Historical Association, the largest professional organization of historians. She coordinates the AHA's work on  graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 education, including overseeing the AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative on careers for historians with PhDs. She publishes articles regularly in Perspectives on History and represents the work of the AHA at conference and events. She earned her PhD in 20th-century US history at the University of Chicago and is currently working on a book about the origins of US military family policy in the early Cold War.