Re: electronic services

Charles Timberlake (
Thu, 10 May 2001 11:22:59 -0700 (PDT)

AMEN! Somehow AV or Video Librarians are a catch-all, and since we don't
use real (i.e. PRINT) materials what we do is some sort of "frill" or
add-on, and, of course, we can combine that work with something else that
is almost related. Ugh! We all have experienced this. Try to avoid
setting up such a situation, for it is likely to develop by degrees,
anyway. Good luck.

On Thu, 10 May 2001, Gary Handman wrote:

> Don't get me started...
> The only connection--pardon the pun--between "electronic services" and
> media librarians is the fact that both rely on alternating
> current. Lumping the two together completely neglects one small
> thing: content. Why not give the whole show--government documents,
> manuscripts, music, maps--to the damn "electronic services"
> librarian...after all, a lot of this stuff is migrating to the web. The
> issue here is content and format expertise: a familiarity with the
> history, uses, and basic nature of specific media or information
> genres. If we don't stop obsessing about delivery and concentrate more on
> maintaining our edgg and our value as selectors, organizers, and teachers
> of the content we broker, we're toast as a profession...
> gary handman
> At 10:04 AM 05/10/2001 -0700, you wrote:
> >A colleague not on Videolib asked me to query you experts. This question is
> >part practical & part theoretical:
> >
> >Have you seen or heard about libraries blending together media/AV duties
> >with the newly emerging position of "electronic services librarian" (i.e.
> >database guru) at academic libraries?
> >
> >What do you see as the feasibility of doing so? What are the pros & cons?
> >(i.e. why you think it's a bad idea or why it might be a good one.)
> >
> >Background information: their media librarian position needs to be filled,
> >but the library also needs to add an electronic services position. The
> >administration is unlikely to provide funding for a new position plus two
> >job searches. They would prefer to hire both, but one of the brainstorming
> >suggestions was to essentially advertise "Wanted: Electronic Services
> >librarian with experience/interest in AV media. Salary: entry level."
> >
> >Thanks as always for your knowledge and opinions,
> >Barb
> >
> >
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> Gary Handman
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> Media Resources Center
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