Re: [Videolib] Dear John letter

Brigid Duffy (
Fri, 12 Dec 2003 07:41:12 -0800

And that's why I'm so careful with it. ESPECIALLY working for the State
of California.

Brigid Duffy
San Francisco State University

On Friday, December 12, 2003, at 05:17 AM, Lonergan Lynn GS-11 AUL

> Actually, government money is OUR money.
> Lynn A. Lonergan
> Chief, Acquisitions Section
> Air University Library
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> quiet
> of an empty house--none is as total as the desert. It is the hush of
> antiquity, an inverse echo that seems to embrace the countless
> millions of
> years it takes for a desert to form." --Jason Kersten
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brigid Duffy []
> Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 4:03 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Dear John letter
> 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
> E-mail:
> 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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