Help please

Maria Koehmstedt (
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 16:09:20 -0700 (PDT)

Help! I am writing this for a hostile audience and need all of your good
wisdom and tact to help me say this. If you have ideas for arguments,
ways to make it stronger, or any ways to improve this, I'd appreciate your
input. Also, if you know of particularly strong arguments in the
literature that I could cite, I'd appreciate that information too. I'm on
a very short timeline for this (due July 6) so please respond as quickly
as you can. The person who will be reading this does not believe in
multiple learning styles or the uniqueness of community college students
in an economically and culturally deprived area. Nor does she believe
that AV librarians have expertise.

Internet service as well as long distance and 911 are down in our region
today, so I will send this into the void and hope it actually gets sent to
the list when things are working again.


In changing my job responsibilities I think it is important that the AV
portion of my job and its title be retained. The new title could be
"Audio Visual and Acquisitions Librarian". Audio Visual librarianship,
like rare books and manuscripts librarianship, has many similarities to
the mainstream of the profession, but is also a different world with
unique knowledge and values. AV librarians are as much visual and
auditory literacy educators, advocates, and consultants as they are
librarians. AV has its own body of knowledge, history, and reference
sources, and the field has its own organizations and leaders. Since
community colleges attract non-traditional students who benefit more than
most students from multiple kinds of learning opportunities, it is
important for our college to have a person who understands and advocates
for these potentials. Our faculty have supported the department and have
relied on the expertise of the person in this position for many years.

Thank you so much for your help.

All hugs are welcome......


Maria Koehmstedt
Reference and AV Librarian
Clatsop Community College Library
1680 Lexington Avenue
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-2463