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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition, bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries, educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.
The primary focus of the discussion supported by this list will be on video collection, access, and use. Examples of discussion topics include: copyright and intellectual property issues; evaluations of materials; collection development policy issues; selection methodology; acquisition concerns (locating hard-to-find materials, library/vendor relations, etc.), issues related to evolving video technologies and libraries. Discussions regarding video hardware and the specifics of video technology are notgenerally encouraged. Discussions which are merely recreational in nature are also firmly discouraged Such discussions include protracted conversations regarding favorite films, movie trivia, and fan correspondence.
VIDEONEWS is an electronic clearinghouse for information about new services, products, resources, and programs of interest to video librarians and archivists, educators, and others involved in the selection, acquisition, programming, and preservation of video materials in non-profit settings. The list is open to all interest individuals and list submissions are unmediated. However th list owner reserves the right to revoke subscriptions to the list in cases where the intent of the list is routinely violated or where general listserv etiquette and protocol are infringed.
The VIDEONEWS list serve is sponsored by the American Library Association Video Round Table, which does not endorse or support the products and services announced on the list. Information appearing in this list is provided directly by service or product providers; VRT does not vouch for the accuracy of the information provided.
The following policy governs all postings to the VideoLib list. Offenders will be warned once and removed from the list after further infractions:
Since May 2010 the VideoLib list has been hosted by Mail Archive. From 1995-2009 the VideoLib list was hosted by the UC Berkeley Library. VideoLib is an un-moderated list, but only subscribers may post messages.