RE: [Videolib] Video Librarianship Training

Konkel, Mary (
Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:56:47 -0600

I can also offer a couple more organizations which may be helpful in gaining
some insight into media librarianship.

OLAC, the Online Audiovisual Catalogers, is more specialized and focuses on
access issues, such as cataloging and physical processing and offers lots of
continuing education opportunities for cataloging training

ALA's Assocation for Library Collections and Techncial Services (ALCTS) has
a Media Interest Group:

Mary S. Konkel
Assistant Professor
Head of Technical Services
College of DuPage
Library SRC 3038A
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Voice: (630) 942-2662
Fax: (630) 858-8757

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Boedicker []
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 3:05 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Video Librarianship Training

Unfortunately, media librarianship is one of those specializations where you

must find your own way. It seems like everyone has used a different method
to get in the door. I did it by supplementing the almost nonexistent media
coursework at my library school with practicums and internships, then moved
halfway across the country because that's where the job was.

A few years ago I wrote an essay about the state of media librarianship
which some have called pessimistic. I think it's realistic, and has been
backed by those who've spent years in the field:

Having sounded gloomy, I want to stress that the work itself is very
rewarding and well worth pursuing if you're passionate about it.

Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
Library site:
Personal site:


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.


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