Re: AV specialists

Gary Handman (
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 10:54:38 -0700 (PDT)

Re your colleagues...incompetence doesn't require a degree.


At 10:08 AM 07/05/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>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
Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

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