Re: [Videolib] Dear John letter

Brigid Duffy (
Thu, 11 Dec 2003 14:03:10 -0800

And then there's the really great part of our jobs - all day long we
spend government money to buy videos.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

On Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 09:54 AM, James Scholtz wrote:

> My response to John's question concerning training for an AV
> librarianship position. Maybe it's my mood today, so some of you may
> disregard this e-mail. But what the heck is up with you guys? I've
> been an AV Librarian for some 23 years and loved every second of it.
> Nowhere in the library field can librarians find the work diversity
> that occurs in AV - whether it be in an academic, public, special or
> system library. I know because I've worked in ALL of these
> institutions. You also get an opportunity to create your own job to a
> greater degree and keep up with technology. there is something new
> everyday!! The people you meet - other AV librarians, product/video
> distributors and producers are fantastic, multi-faceted people. You
> have to be on the cutting edge of technology knowledge, know about
> copyright laws/public performance, how to write policies/procedures,
> write grants, do public programming, video production techniques and
> future technology - formats, computer knowledge, plus know about film
> history and have a great reader's/viewers advisory sense (both books
> and film!). You also have to know about the idiosyncrasies of
> cataloging and OPAC systems as well as booking systems. A virtual
> pleathora of knowledge to whet your palette. Now, everyone is
> under-appreciated in libraries and, to a certain extent, AV
> librarians/AV dept. are a thing of the past - integrated into a
> broader spectrum of customer service depts. That doesn't mean that
> the knowledge an AV librarian possess is any less valuable.
> Personally, as I've grown into my library director role, I've found
> that my experiences as an AV librarian have prepared my well. I'm
> much more open-minded and can trouble-shoot with greater ease than my
> non-AV peers. I've got a greater sense of financial situations - can
> handle budgets much better (AV budgets have always been low). I've
> been able to adapt to situations much better as well. that said, I
> should say this to John. I think that formal AV education is great,
> but the things one learns on the job - reading books about AV
> librarianship, reading reviews, actually looking at lots of
> videos/films, reading books about film/viewers advisory techniques/as
> well as learning the films themselves (and being able to conduct a
> reader's advisory interview) and (lastly) LOVING AV librarianship are
> the qualities that will make you a better AV librarian (or librarian
> for that matter). I've often said that an AV librarian is a gestalt
> librarian. In the 1970's "Kung Fu" series, Cain was asked by a
> student what technique or school of kung fu he taught. Cain replied
> "I teach them all." - Pretty prophetic for a television show and
> appropriate for AV librarians. Boy what a soapbox - "I'm throgh
> playin' now.. Jim S. (if you don't know who I am - look me up in
> your card catalog or in Booklist!)
> James C. Scholtz, Director
> Yankton Community Library
> 515 Walnut St.
> Yankton, SD 57078
> 605-668-5276
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