VRT at ALA - Final Reminder

Chris Lewis (clewis@american.edu)
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 14:22:19 -0700 (PDT)

Here's a quick run down on the two dinner functions that will be
occurring at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this weekend. If you
have any questions about these events, ask them at the VRT Table in the
Conference exhibit area.

Friday night, drinks at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm
The Berghoff
17 W. Adams
Dutch treat. Everyone welcome. Ask where the Video Round Table mob is

Sunday night, 7-10:30pm - VRT Gala at Facets Multimedia, 1517 Fullerton
THIS EVENT IS SOLD-OUT! So please do not trek all the way out to Facets
in hopes of buying a ticket at the door.
There will be two shuttle buses hauling people from the ALA headquarters
hotel, the Hyatt Regency, to Facets. The first will leave at 5:20pm and
the second will leave at about 5:45pm. They will both be available for
the return trip as well.

Also at this conference:
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
ALA Public Programs Office; +National Video Resources
"Reeling Them In: Viewing and Discussion Programs in
Participate in a "mini" demonstration of a scholar-led
video viewing and discussion
program for out-of-school adults. Learn how all types
of libraries are sponsoring
successful outreach programs with this unique format.
Sample programs include
"From Rosie to Roosevelt: A Film History of Americans
in World War II" (funded
by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and
"Fast Forward: Science,
Technology and the Communications Revolution" (funded
by the National Science

Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
ACRL Media Resources Committee; ALA Video Round Table
"Byting into Video: DVD and Networked Delivery"
Video collections in libraries are in a state of
transition. Do you know where your
video collection is, should, and could be going? Our
panel will update academic and

public librarians, administrators, and other
interested parties about the current status

of video formats in libraries and the trends with
regard to digital video and
networked delivery.
Moderator: Mary S. Konkel, head, Cataloging, Univ. of
Akron (OH). Speakers:
Walt Crawford, sr. analyst, Research Libs. Grp.; Karen
C. Lund, digital conversion

spec., Natl. Digital Lib. Prog., Lib. of Congress;
Judy Napier, dir., AV Svcs.,
Schaumburg (IL) Township District Lib.; Claire
Dougherty, dir., Northwestern
Univ. New Media Ctr.

Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
"Is Seeing Understanding? Approaches to Visual/Media
Literacy in an
Information Age"
As new media packages and technologically rich
cultural experiences are designed
and created, it will be important for a variety of
institutions to instruct their users in
how to extract worthwhile information from these
sources. Unless these users can
effectively interpret this imagery, a significant
portion of the information literacy
fabric will be seriously weakened. The task before us
demands the collaborative
expertise of many knowledge specialists, including
those in dance, film, theater and
the visual arts.
Speakers: Mary Keelan, dir., Development, Advocacy,
and Media, Mid Hudson
Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, NY; Sally Mason-Robinson,
dir., Lib. Projects, Natl.
Video Resources, Chicago; Paula C. Murphy, libn.,
Research Svcs., Chicago
Historical Society; Peter M. Neal, dir., Educ., Corp.
for Pub. Broadcasting,
Washington, DC.

Sunday, 8:30-11 a.m.
PLA Audiovisual Committee, Library Services Cluster
"Sense and Sensibilities: AV Readers' Advisor"
What was the name of that 1970s movie with Joan Rivers
and Billy Crystal? Do
you have a recording of the song Puppy Love? Is there
an unabridged audio of
Harry Potter? Learn where to find the answers to these
tough AV reference
questions and more. Hear how to conduct a media
advisor interview. AV experts
will show you how to give your AV patrons what they
want. Speakers: Judy
Napier, Schaumburg (IL) Township Dist. Lib.; Randy
Pitman, editor, Video
Librarian Magazine; Christopher Popa, Harold
Washington Pub. Lib.; Robin
Whitten, editor, Audiofile Magazine.

Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Video Round Table Business Meeting - All members are welcome. This
is the
single best place to learn about all of the activities of the Video
round Table. It
also provides an opportunity for new (and old) members to get
involved in VRT
activities such as planning future programs (including Galas),
contributing to the
newsletter, becoming a reviewer for the Notable Videos for Adults
and reaching out for new members.

Monday, 2-4 pm

Notable Videos for Adults Committee meeting - all VRT members

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian
American University Library

""98% of all statistics are made up." -Anon