Re: [Videolib] "Video librarians" on the organizational chart

Brigid Duffy (
Fri, 5 Nov 2004 11:11:27 -0800

Here at San Francisco State the media services center (Audio Visual/ITV
Center) is not part of the library. We are in the same building, but
don't report to the Library Director.

I don't supervise other staff.

Equipment circulation, instruction and production are all handled by
other people; we have 21 full and part-time staff (not counting student
employees) - it's not that hard to keep up on what's happening. I also
do payroll and some low-level computer programming, and worked for 19
years in our (equipment and media) circulation office. So though
purchasing media may not be viewed as 'technical' I'm still a geek.

You may want to remind your director of how important your work is to
the faculty - when you've come up with media somebody has to have for
class, your whole Media Services Center looks better to them. Notes
from satisfied customers could be good to have.

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

On Friday, November 5, 2004, at 07:50 AM, Maureen Tripp wrote:

> My Library Director is "restructuring" my job (I think this is code
> for trying to make me so miserable I leave, so they can replace me
> with someone younger and cheaper, but that's another story). She
> hasn't asked my input, but I want to be ready with my comments when
> the plan is finally revealed. Currently I report to the Head of Media
> Services, and work in the Media Services Center. Much has been made
> of the fact that I am the only "nontechnical" staff member in a
> department of 5. I
> My questions: who do other academic video librarians report to?
> Are you located in a Media Services Center, or in the
> Library?
> do you supervise other staff?
> if you work in a Media Services Center, how much do you participate
> in equipment circulation, instruction, or production?
> Thanks for any information. I feel under siege!
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