Re: video approval plans?

Roberta Astroff (
Mon, 28 Jan 2002 06:46:37 -0800 (PST)

But this sounds exactly like the relationship between monograph selectors,
academic life and approval plans for books.

Roberta Astroff
Penn State

At 11:48 AM 1/26/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>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
> >
> >
> >