Re: video approval plans?

Roberta Astroff (r4a@psulias.psu.edu)
Mon, 28 Jan 2002 10:46:32 -0800 (PST)

This was a very informative response -- my thanks.

Roberta Astroff

At 08:34 AM 1/28/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Videos are not books. There is no national videographic apparatus. The
>vast majority of non-fiction (i.e. documentary) works never get
>reviewed. There are no core lists. There are no reliable vendor
>listings. The universe of available materials is (compared to books, at
>least) profoundly constricted. The distribution market is anarchistic and
>strange. There are gaping dichotomies between mass marketed and
>independently-produced video. The averge price for independently-produced
>videos far exceeds the sticker-price of books (even science books); at the
>same time, budgets for video in academic library are typically paltry and
>pathetic.
>
>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.
>
>
>
> wrote:
> >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
> > >Director
> > >Media Resources Center
> > >Moffitt Library
> > >UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> > >510-643-8566
> > >ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
> > >
> > >"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
> > > > engel@hawaii.edu
> > > >
> > > >
>
>Gary Handman
>Director
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>510-643-8566
>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu