Re: what's in a name

John Holland (
Thu, 28 Mar 2002 07:15:07 -0800 (PST)

Unlike some of the other responses, I think "media" is the more dated, library
school term, and to the general public it means news reporting rather than
non-book materials. Since we changed our name from "Film & Video Center" to
"Media Express" (ask the administration what the Express means), we are getting
an increase of misdirected phone calls and patrons in person, all looking for
the newspapers.

"Schauer, Amy" wrote:

> Hi,
> Our library is completing a major building remodel and we need to have a
> sign fabricated for the entrance of our new A/V room. This is our chance to
> choose the very best term for this room, which we'll also use as a locator
> in the catalog. The VHS videos, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on tape and CD,
> and CD-roms are all housed in this room. We've considered:
> * Media Center,
> * Audio-Video Room,
> * Audio-Visual Room.
> None of them strike us as perfect. Has anyone out there hit on a better
> term?
> thanks in advance for your suggestions,
> Amy E. S. Schauer
> Events / Audio-Visual Librarian
> West Linn Public Library
> 1595 Burns Street
> West Linn, Oregon 97068
> ph.: 503.656.7853 ext. 18
> fax: 503.656.2746

John Holland
Chicago Public Library
Media Express
(312) 747-4100