It’s scary to think how many important historical recordings are deteriorating as I type this. As an archivist in a music archive, it’s especially terrifying–for music scholars, recordings hold invaluable information that really can’t be duplicated in a written format. However, it makes me hopeful to see that there are others who are concerned for the future of recordings to the extent that they’re taking action about it. The Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Plan is a step in the direction of safety for archived recordings. Now we just need to put the plan into action.