Re: "media librarians" response

Jim Scholtz (
Wed, 1 Mar 2000 12:56:17 -0800 (PST)

Tami and others -

Resulting from the Skokie ALA Executive Board retreat (and passed out at
ALA Midwinter) is a flyer entitled Action 2005 which outlines several goals
for the organization by date 2005. One of those goals is to "[become] a
leader in continuing education for librarians and library personnel." So I
think some interesting changes will start to occur at ALA , especially in
terms of actual CE benefits, partnering with other agencies, etc.

I was one of two RTCC representative, representing both VRT and the RTCC,
who were involved in this retreat (held last October before the National
Media Market). As an ALA unit, VRT should be thinking about how we can
align ourselves to make sure that some AV/media CE units get placed into
the picture otherwise they'll be left out. Jim Scholtz.
At 09:05 AM 3/1/00 -0800, you wrote:
>There is also the Consortium for College and University Media Centers
which is also a wonderful organization. In my original comment, I was
trying to stress that the traditional library organizations like ALA need
to begin implementing support services for the media librarian just like
they have for other specializations of the librarian.
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: Wes Miller <>
>Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 08:50:48 -0800 (PST)
>>Tami-Jo Eckley wrote:
>>> 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.)
>I would suggest that media librrians also look to other associations like
>AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) for
>support. Its members cross a wide variety of lines dealing with technology
>issues in a very broad sense and includes a large group of folks that deal
>with the management of resources (i.e. run media centers that have
>circulation and other library functions).
>T. Weston Miller
>Director, Media Resources Center
>Earlham College
>Richmond, IN 47374-4095
>Voice: 765-983-1278
>Tami-Jo Eckley
>Electronic Services & Media Librarian
>Manhattanville College Library
>Purchase, New York 10577