The venue chosen for the first formal meeting of the interim board of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) was the old and beautiful capital of Latvia, Riga. The year was 2005 and the month was April. The host for the meeting was Latvian Television. The aim of the meeting was twofold: is it possible to establish a pan-Baltic audiovisual archiving cooperative organization, and do we want to organize a second Riga conference in the autumn of 2005? Tedd Urnes, NRK, chaired the meeting. Lasse Nilsson, SVT, was invited to give a presentation on the topic: “Why are we doing all this conferencing and networking – what is it good for? “. He asked many crucial questions: is it worthwhile for our organizations to be investing in this kind of acquisition of knowledge? Will there be people ready to accept the offices and responsibilities in the board of such an organization? How much work will it mean, that has to be carried out in addition to our usual responsibilities? How will the officers of the board be elected? How do we deal with the economy of the organization; funding, membership fees, bank account? What about cooperation with already existing organizations on the audiovisual archiving scene? What will be the main objects of the organization?
The Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) is born.
BAAC meeting in 2005
BAAC meeting members, 2005
The presidency was accepted by Piret Noorhani, Estonian Literary Museum, Vice Presidents were Rasa Miskinyte, Lithuanian Radio & Television and Inga Vilcane, Diena Library, Secretary Nora Licite, Latvian Radio & Television, members of the board: Andris Kesteris, Library and Archives of Canada, Tedd Urnes (Formely Tedd Johansen), NRK, and Lasse Nilsson,SVT.