Designing the ideal library media center

David Horvath (david.horvath@louisville.edu)
Wed, 5 Dec 2001 09:25:02 -0800 (PST)

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Here's a chance to mention those great features in your own media center =
is or perhaps to shout out for a facility that you know about where you =
wish you worked! The University of Louisville is in the process of =
renovating our existing undergraduate ("main") library which will include =
a sizeable addition. Our media department will have completely renovated =
space, likely in the new wing.

Many of you have gone through similar process or maybe going through one =
now. I know it is impossible to guess where the cutting edge becomes the =
bleeding edge with such plans, but I would be very interested in a wish =
list based on the wealth of wisdom and experience found on this list.

In terms of our own situation, we have a moderately sized collection of =
videos (2500 VHS and DVD). Currently they circulate to faculty, staff and =
grad students (undergraduate with permission). Our collection is =
primarily documentary with few feature films relating to curriculum. We =
have some audio tape, primarily spoken word (poetry but no recorded =
books). We also house the library's CD and DVD ROM collections (standalone=
titles and government publications, not music). We do no production or =
media or equipment distribution/scheduling. We maintain viewing carrels =
and viewing rooms. We currently have open stacks but are open to another =
model.

1. What are the top five things you would want if you could start from =
scratch to set up a university library media facility?
2. Where are the media facilities and collections that we should know =
about (or visit) for examples of "the way to go..."?
3. Should we be assuming that in ten years we'll be seeing a practical =
(digital) method of centralized serving for video/media throughout the =
university network? If that seems likely, should we continue to concentrat=
e for now on high quality local distribution, traditional carrels and =
viewing rooms and a flexible (not permament) layout and design?

Any other comments or suggestions would be more than welcome. Thanks in =
advance for your time and thought. You can respond to the list or to me =
personally.

Best Wishes

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Here's a chance to mention those great features in your own = media=20 center is or perhaps to shout out for a facility that you know about=20 where you wish you worked!  The University of Louisville is in = the=20 process of renovating our existing undergraduate ("main") library which = will=20 include a sizeable addition.  Our media department will have=20 completely renovated space, likely in the new wing.
 
Many of you have gone through similar process or maybe going = through=20 one now.  I know it is impossible to guess where the cutting = edge=20 becomes the bleeding edge with such plans, but I would be very interested = in a=20 wish list based on the wealth of wisdom and experience found on = this=20 list.
 
In terms of our own situation, we have a moderately sized collection = of=20 videos (2500 VHS and DVD).  Currently they circulate to faculty, = staff and=20 grad students (undergraduate with permission).  Our collection is = primarily=20 documentary with few feature films relating to curriculum.  We have = some=20 audio tape, primarily spoken word (poetry but no recorded books).  We = also=20 house the library's CD and DVD ROM collections (standalone titles=20 and government publications, not music).  We do no production or = media=20 or equipment distribution/scheduling.  We maintain viewing carrels = and=20 viewing rooms.  We currently have open stacks but are open to = another=20 model.
 
1.  What are the top five things you would want if you = could=20 start from scratch to set up a university library media facility?
2.  Where are the media facilities and collections that we = should=20 know about (or visit) for examples of "the way to go..."?
3.  Should we be assuming that in ten years we'll be seeing = a=20 practical (digital) method of centralized serving for video/media = throughout the=20 university network?  If that seems likely, should we continue to=20 concentrate for now on high quality local distribution, = traditional=20 carrels and viewing rooms and a flexible (not permament) layout and=20 design?
 
Any other comments or suggestions would be more than welcome.  = Thanks=20 in advance for your time and thought.  You can respond to the list or = to me=20 personally.
 
Best Wishes
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