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MIRC names new interim director

May 14, 2013 12:18 PM
USC Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) has named Heather Heckman, shown at left, as its interim director effective May 15. Heckman is moving into the position previously filled by Mark G. Cooper. A search for a permanent director will begin in July.

MIRC strives to preserve our global moving image heritage, diversify understandings of moving image culture, and envision a better future by encouraging new interpretations of the recent past. Its collections include Fox Movietone News, Chinese Film, Regional Film, and Science and Nature Film.

"MIRC is a truly innovative moving image archive, and Mark has done an incredible job steering it during the last four years,” Heckman said. “I'm honored to serve as steward for its daily operations and special projects as we search for a permanent director."

Heckman has been assistant director and curator at MIRC for two years. She came to USC from the University of Wisconsin, where she was Interim Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. She is finishing her PhD in film studies in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Communication Arts, where she also earned master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies and Communication Arts.

At MIRC, Heckman has been in charge of Science and Nature Films and Regional Film Collections. She has worked to develop MIRC’s digital repository of archival film, done fundraising for digitization projects, and processed the Roman Vishniac papers, photos and manuscripts.

Cooper is returning to his position as a professor in Film and Media Studies and English in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I look forward to returning to research and writing projects I have set aside for the last for four years, and I am confident that I am leaving direction of the unit in exceedingly capable hands,” Cooper said. “It's an amazing team. I'm sure they will continue to accomplish wonders.”

MIRC welcomes use of its collections. Located at 707 Catawba Street, MIRC is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 3,000 hours of rare archival material are available to view on videocassette and DVD.