Re: video approval plans?

Gary Handman (
Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:49:00 -0800 (PST)

Re video approval plans.

One word: ugggggggggggggggggggggggg!

Even if such a beast did exist (and it doesn't, particularly for
academic libraries), 20 years in this business
tells me that
leaving the selection of video up to a third party would be courting
certain disaster. It's hard enough for full-time media librarians to pull
this off...leaving it up to profit-driven outsiders would be madness.
Selection in academic libraries is a matter of weighing curricular and
research needs against market availability--that's a trick that requires
eternal vigilance, constant participation in the academic life of campus,
an intimate knowledge of both mainstream and independent filmmaking, and a
close connection to colleagues with similar collections. We ain't talking
books here...

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld

On Fri, 25 Jan 2002, Linda Engelberg wrote:

> My administrator is asking about video approval plans for universities. I
> can't imagine that there is such a thing? Tho I believe that Professional
> Media was offering some kind of a service, but I don't think it was at the
> University level. Can anyone offer comments or information. thanx and
> aloha.
> Linda Engelberg
> Video Librarian
> Wong Audiovisual Center
> Sinclair Library
> University of Hawaii
> Honolulu, HI 96822
> (808) 956-5414
> FAX (808) 956-5952