Re: "media librarians" response

Kristine R. Brancolini (brancoli@indiana.edu)
Wed, 1 Mar 2000 09:18:14 -0800 (PST)

Tami et al.: ALA does have an organization designed to meet the needs of
media librarians, the Video Round Table. If you are a member of ALA, you
should be a member of the Round Table. It's not expensive to join and it
provides support in a variety of ways, including programs at ALA and a
newsletter. To find out more, take a look at the VRT web site:

<http://www.lib.virginia.edu/dmmc/VRT/>

Within the various divisions there are also media related committees that
support media librarianship, including the ACRL Media Resources Committee,
ALCTS AV Committee, and PLA AV Committee. The best way to be sure that
ALA meets our needs is to join and become involved in these organizations.

Kristine R. Brancolini, Media and Film Studies
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.855.1649 | Email: brancoli@indiana.edu

On Wed, 1 Mar 2000, Tami-Jo Eckley wrote:

> 1. Do you think "library school" (MLS program) prepared you for your
> career > as a media librarian? Why? Please indicate in which type of
> library you are > currently working. I work in a small liberal arts
> college library and library school did not prepare me for the media part
> of my job. It did a wonderful job preparing me for the other aspects of
> being a librarian but it is my other degree in Communication Arts that I
> draw on for my knowledge in dealing with the media part.
>
>
> > 2. What skills or qualities do you think will be most important for media
> > librarians in the future?
>
> I think it is very important to develop associations or programs within
> existing associations (ie ALA) which will offer continuing education
> programs specifically for media librarians to keep up with internet
> technologies as well as digital production capabilities, etc.
> Production and computer technology and internet access are going to
> continue to blend together more and more and the result will be
> something completely different than what existed prior to it. (what was
> that big merger that recently happened.....time warner, aol, etc.)
>
>
> > 3. Will media librarians as a specialty field continue well into the future
> > or do you see our role changing as new technologies and formats emerge?
>
> I feel very strongly that the profession of media librarianship must
> take a strong stance and grow into the specialty that it is. I am very
> frustrated that my role as a media librarian is combined with that of
> electronic services and reference librarian. Neither of these roles
> should be so belittled that they are reduced to "part time" hours. I
> also feel that Library Schools need to begin programs dedicated to the
> media librarian much as those that are currently in place for "school
> media specialists."
>
>
>
>
>
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> Tami-Jo Eckley
> Electronic Services & Media Librarian
> Manhattanville College Library
> Purchase, New York 10577
> http://www.mville.edu/library
> ______________________________________
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>

Kristine R. Brancolini, Digital Library Program
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.855.1649 | Email: brancoli@indiana.edu