Re: [Videolib] Video Librarian - Public Library

Bonnie Brown (bonnie.brown@nyu.edu)
Wed, 10 Dec 2003 16:46:16 -0500

John,

Disregarding the public library comment which may or may not be valid according one's own experience, I found Lisa's comments to be fair and helpful. I understand that some people have had a wonderful public library experience but that may not be everyone's take on it. I think that Lisa had the best of intentions regardless of the way that the comments were taken and yes, some people might say the same about private institutions.

No offense taken, by either. But I think everyone on this listserv has good intentions regardless of how they may be received.

-Bonnie

----- Original Message -----
From: "John F. Fossett" <john@krl.org>
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 3:49 pm
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Video Librarian - Public Library

> Lisa,
> I'm sorry that you feel the way you do about public library
> employment. It
> sounds as though you may have had a negative experience.
> I work as a media librarian for a small public library in
> Washington State
> and find that I have a tremendous amount of latitude in my shaping
> of the
> collection. I am encouraged by my supervisor to be creative in my
> approach
> and supported by the the rest of collection management, technical
> services,
> branch staff, as well as the patrons. I do not feel a "deadening
> to one's
> free spirit" as you state.
> This list appears to be utilized by folks from all corners of the
> video
> world. We're here because we're trying to help each other. I don't
> feel your
> comments work toward that goal.
> Regards,
> John
>
> On Tue, 09 Dec 2003 14:22:16 -0500, Lisa Flanzraich wrote
> > I was hoping someone could help me. I am trying to get
> information
> > on the best steps to take in becoming a Video Librarian. I have
> my
> > M.L.I.S and am currently working in a para professional position
> in
> > a video library. Do I need a second masters? Any help would be
> > appreciated. I just want some leads on how to become one either
> > academic or public library.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > Tracy
> >
> >
> > A second Master's in Cinema Studies would help, although not
> > necessarily, especially for a public library. I would avoid
> working
> > in a public library at all costs: they are generally dreadful
> and
> > deadening to one's free spirit. .
> >
> > My recommendation is to become a CINEMANIAC if you are not one
> > already, and join film clubs, organizations, volunteer to write
> > reviews, bone up on technology-- although the substantive nature
> of
> > media librarianship is far more interesting, at least for me.
> Take
> > lots of film/media courses.
> >
> > It is not a good economy--however there are opportunities, if
> you
> > make them happen. If you live in a major city--there are t.v.
> > networks, film archives, studios, museums, film art centers,blah
> blah.>
> > Hangout, above all, with -MOVIE MANIACS--if you have your heart
> set
> > on it--you can make it happen.
> >
> > Keep us posted.
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>
> John F. Fossett
> Media Librarian
> Kitsap Regional Library
> (360)405-9101
> john@krl.org
>
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