Re: [Videolib] Video Collection Development Policy for PL

Steve Fesenmaier (mystery12@charter.net)
Sat, 14 Jun 2003 19:22:27 -0400

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Selection Policies for 16mm in Public Libraries - Steve Fesenmaier

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 09:41:07 -0400
From: Steve Fesenmaier <fesenms[at]wvlc.lib.wv.us>
<mailto:fesenms%5Bat%5Dwvlc.lib.wv.us>
Organization: WVLC

Rory Litwin has posted my 1979 MLS thesis on his website. It was my
second thesis that I wrote after I had moved to WV in Sept. 1978. My
first was rejected by my jealous advisor, Harris McClaskey - it was
called "Cinema Anti-therapy". The basic theme was that various
filmmakers such as Les Blank, Werner Herzog, and Dusan Makavejev made
films which showed individuals who were labelled mad or insane were in
fact sane, fighting an insane culture. It was eventually published in a
national magazine, "Film/Psychology Review". That led to an interview in
"Behavior Today" magazine, the second largest psychology magazine in the
country; and a live interview with a radio psycholgist in Detroit. I was
invited to several international conferences on cinema therapy. This
second thesis has been used all over the US, including by media
librarians who gave presentations at NYLA - Jean Haynes, media librarian
for Jamestown, NY, used it. McFarland, one of the profession's leading
publishers, asked me to write a book on visual illiteracy in the
profession one summer after I attacked Randy Pittman, then editor of av
for Library Journal. He panned one of my two favorite films - WR:
MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM by Dusan Makavejev - in his video review. I
mentioned my MLS thesis, stating that I had shown that librarians did
not even KNOW WHAT THE BEST FILMS WERE, SO HOW COULD THEY PURCHASE AND
DISTRIBUTE THEM? People wrote in all summer, mainly supporting me, some
attacking me. I did not write the book for McFarland - why write a book
about visually backward librarians who could only read books...whereas
they needed to watch hundreds of films, and learn something about the
field. For years I taught film courses and worked for the University
Film Society in Minneapolis, and here in WV I have taught film courses,
co-founded the WV International Film Festival 15 years ago, worked on
many films including "Matewan", "East Wind, West Wind: The Life of Pearl
Buck", "Books Our Children Read", written film criticism for 20 years in
my own quarterly, "Zoopraxographic" and for statewide magazines
-Appalachian Intelligencer, WV Arts News, and for the last decae,
Graffiti. Everyone seems to love what I have done, here in WV and in
Minnesota - except my fellow bureaucrats, both at the University of
Minnesota and here at the WV Library Commission. I was transferred out
of Film Services in January 1999 by David Price, the new director of
WVLC. I am now the research librarian for the agency - the first one. I
continue to write for Graffiti, and to help program WVIFF, the
Charleston Jewish Film Festival, and many other events, both around the
state and US. Every day I think about the great need to "educate the
educators" - in my case, the library directors, librarians, and library
staff. I will continue to do so until I die. - Steve Fesenmaier,
Charleston, West Virginia April 21, 2000

SELECTION POLICIES FOR SIXTEEN MILLIMETER IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Stephen L. Fesenmaier

http://libr.org/rory/Fesenmaier.html
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Selection Policies for 16mm in Public Libraries - Steve Fesenmaier

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 09:41:07 -0400
From: Steve Fesenmaier <fesenms[at]wvlc.lib.wv.us>
Organization: WVLC

Rory Litwin has posted my 1979 MLS thesis on his website. It was my
second thesis that I wrote after I had moved to WV in Sept. 1978. My
first was rejected  by my jealous advisor, Harris McClaskey - it was
called "Cinema Anti-therapy". The basic theme was that various
filmmakers such as Les Blank, Werner Herzog, and Dusan Makavejev made
films which showed individuals who were labelled mad or insane were in
fact sane, fighting an insane culture. It was eventually published in a
national magazine, "Film/Psychology Review". That led to an interview in
"Behavior Today" magazine, the second largest psychology magazine in the
country; and a live interview with a radio psycholgist in Detroit. I was
invited to several international conferences on cinema therapy. This
second thesis has been used all over the US, including by media
librarians who gave presentations at NYLA - Jean Haynes, media librarian
for Jamestown, NY, used it. McFarland, one of the profession's leading
publishers, asked me to write a book on visual illiteracy in the
profession one summer after I attacked Randy Pittman, then editor of av
for Library Journal. He panned one of my two favorite films - WR:
MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM by Dusan Makavejev - in his video review. I
mentioned my MLS thesis, stating  that I had shown that librarians did
not even KNOW WHAT THE BEST FILMS WERE, SO HOW COULD THEY PURCHASE AND
DISTRIBUTE THEM? People wrote in all summer, mainly supporting me, some
attacking me. I did not write the book for McFarland - why write a book
about visually backward librarians who could only read books...whereas
they needed to watch hundreds of films, and learn something about the
field. For years I taught film courses and worked for the University
Film Society in Minneapolis, and here in WV I have taught film courses,
co-founded the WV International Film Festival 15 years ago, worked on
many films including "Matewan", "East Wind, West Wind: The Life of Pearl
Buck", "Books Our Children Read", written film criticism for 20 years in
my own quarterly, "Zoopraxographic" and for statewide magazines
-Appalachian Intelligencer, WV Arts News, and for the last decae,
Graffiti. Everyone seems to love what I have done, here in WV and in
Minnesota - except my fellow bureaucrats, both at the University of
Minnesota and here at the WV Library Commission. I was transferred out
of Film Services in January 1999 by David Price, the new director of
WVLC. I am now the research librarian for the agency - the first one. I
continue to write for Graffiti, and to help program WVIFF, the
Charleston Jewish Film Festival, and many other events, both around the
state and US. Every day I think about the great need to "educate the
educators" - in my case, the library directors, librarians, and library
staff. I will continue to do so until I die. - Steve Fesenmaier,
Charleston, West Virginia April 21, 2000

SELECTION POLICIES FOR SIXTEEN MILLIMETER IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Stephen L. Fesenmaier

http://libr.org/rory/Fesenmaier.html
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