AV specialists

Debra Jo Sujka (djsujka@acs.ryerson.ca)
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 10:08:50 -0700 (PDT)

Gary Handman wrote:
> ... No respectable library would hire a
> librarian-off-the-street for, say, building and providing access to Slavic
> collections, children's collections, manuscript collections...why in the
> world would, then, would a library maintain a video collection without a
> specialist to build and/or manage it?

Even thought I will probably get into trouble for responding, I just had
to respond to this. I am a library technician who works with AV. I
must not be working in a respectable library because of some of their
hiring practices.

Many years ago, an elderly librarian was hired as AV librarian. This
man did not know the difference between an audiocassette and a
videocassette. He would instruct me to order expensive items that he
liked but no one else would be interested in using for any possible
reason. Thank heavens he was on contract and we weren't stuck with him.

Later on they appointed a librarian who "liked to watch movies" as AV
librarian. She wasn't a trained AV librarian, but at least she knew the
difference between an audiocassette and a videocassette.

So there are some places that do put people in charge of AV who are not
trained in that area. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

Debra Jo