“Since the movie industry is so late to the game, the libraries and archives you maintain are the repository of source material for the study of motion pictures.”

John Landis


The Film Librarians Conference hosted by the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library was held in Los Angeles from April 26-28, 2017 and drew over 150 professionals from over 85 institutions and 16 countries. The conference provided a platform for librarians, archivists, curators and other professionals who care for and manage paper-based film collections to network and learn about current preservation practices through presentations, tours, and programs.

Throughout the event, beyond the enthusiastic cry for a second conference, constant questions and comments arose around the ever-evolving digital landscape that librarians in the 21st century are facing.

The current plan is to hold a second conference in Spring 2019, with several panels exploring digital collections and challenges. Other events may include hands-on workshops that bridge paper and digital preservation as well as more tours of local film libraries and archives.

Please check back in late 2018 for more information and a future call for proposals.



Send us a message at filmlibrarians@oscars.org.

Documenting Cinema: Film Librarianship in the 21st Century was conceived by librarians from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and strategies amongst librarians and archivists who maintain and administer paper-based, motion picture-related collections.