What this means in terms of selection: unless you're going to rely (God
help us) solely on faculty recommendation or view your media collection as
an extension of the reserve book room, selection of video materials is a
laborious and horribly time consuming. It means scouring the dim
corners...making connections...staying hipped to the workings of the
filmmaking community. Ain't no way ANY approval dealer is gonna get you
anything but the quick and easy, the popular and obvious.
>But this sounds exactly like the relationship between monograph selectors,
>academic life and approval plans for books.
>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
> >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
> > > 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
> > > email@example.com
> > >
> > >
Media Resources Center
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000