University of South Carolina

MIRC to host open house Oct. 26


USC Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections(MIRC) will open its doors to all faculty, staff, students and members of the community from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

In an environment perfect for learning about film and video, visitors can tour the MIRC facility with a film curator, attend workshops on film handling and video identification, and experience a re-creation of a vintage classroom film screening. There will be refreshments, door prizes and knowledgeable film experts happy to answer questions.

“This open house, which is our first, gives the university community an opportunity to experience firsthand the fascinating work of audio-visual preservation,” said MIRC Director Mark Cooper. “Anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get a video on should come by to find out.”

The event is timed to honor the annual World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, which takes place every year on Oct. 27. Begun six years ago by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the commemorative day seeks to raise awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Audiovisual Heritage Memory: The Clock is Ticking.”

MIRC’s open house event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited for the tours, workshops and screening. To register, email

MIRC is located at 707 Catawba St., adjacent to the USC campus. For more information, visit

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Posted: 10/24/12 @ 10:00 AM | Updated: 10/28/12 @ 9:27 PM | Permalink