[Videolib] Video Librarianship from the VERY beginning

Seay, Jared Alexander (SeayJ@cofc.edu)
Thu, 1 Feb 2007 09:20:37 -0500

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Hello,

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This is my first post to this list, though I have been lurking for a few
weeks. My colleague, Todd Rix, posted to this list a few weeks ago about
information and resources for newbies. =20

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A bit of background: Our library recently suddenly (and without ample
warning) came into possession of a large (about 3500 titles - mostly
VHS) video collection. We inherited it (and all the ancient viewing
stations) from the campus Media Department. I was chosen as the "Head
of Media Collections" and set about trying to make sense of it all, make
it work, and get such a department up and running from scratch. It has
been over a year now, and the use of the collection is increasing
dramatically, we have purchased new viewing equipment and we are adding
to the collection (at least 500 new DVD titles). I think I almost know
what I am doing - mostly.

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So, now that we are somewhat on track as a department, I've decided that
I need to get myself up to speed in the field of video librarianship.
So, as a start I've joined this list - along with my colleague Todd Rix
who works part time with me in Media Collections - when he is not in
tech services. And I am reading Gary Handman's good book "Video
Collection Development in Multi-type Libraries." Now I'm searching for
conferences and workshops to attend - and that invariably leads me to
the organizations sponsoring them. My question is: Can anyone (or
everyone) give me some guidance on an initial track to take as far as to
what conferences to attend (at least initially) and what organizations
to join. I have located the following three conferences and
organizations for this year so far:

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ACRL Annual Conference

Baltimore - March 29 - April 1

http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/acrleventsconferences.htm

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National Association of Media and Technology Centers (NAMTC) 8th
Leadership Summit=20

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - April 19-22, 2007 =20

http://www.namtc.org/

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Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) Annual
Conference

Gainesville, Florida - October 18-22

University of Florida

http://www.ccumc.org/

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Since money and time are both scarce, I need to maximize my bang for my
buck (and my institution's buck). Which conference should I target
initially? And which organization (since I can't join them all
unfortunately) should get my money and time? Of course the answer will
depend on many variables, but as a person just stepping his hesitant
toes into the video library ocean, I need someone who can swim to give
me advice. Please enlighten me. Thanks. =20

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Jared A. Seay

Reference Librarian=20

Head, Media Collections

Addlestone Library
College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 29424

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843-953-1428
seayj@cofc.edu

www.cofc.edu/~seay

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt'>This is my first post to this list, though I have been lurking =
for a
few weeks. My colleague, Todd Rix, posted to this list a few weeks ago =
about
information and resources for newbies.&nbsp; =
<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt'>A bit of background:&nbsp; Our library recently suddenly (and =
without
ample warning) came into possession of a large (about 3500 titles =
&#8211;
mostly VHS) video collection.&nbsp; We inherited it (and all the ancient
viewing stations) from the campus Media Department.&nbsp; I was chosen =
as the
&#8220;Head of Media Collections&#8221; and set about trying to make =
sense of
it all, make it work, and get such a department up and running from
scratch.&nbsp; It has been over a year now, and the use of the =
collection is
increasing dramatically, we have purchased new viewing equipment and we =
are
adding to the collection (at least 500 new DVD titles).&nbsp; I think I =
almost
know what I am doing &#8211; mostly.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt'>So, now that we are somewhat on track as a department, =
I&#8217;ve
decided that I need to get myself up to speed in the field of video
librarianship.&nbsp; So, as a start I&#8217;ve joined this list -&nbsp; =
along
with my colleague Todd Rix who works part time with me in Media =
Collections
&#8211; when he is not in tech services.&nbsp; And I am reading Gary
Handman&#8217;s good book &#8220;Video Collection Development in =
Multi-type
Libraries.&#8221; &nbsp;&nbsp;Now I&#8217;m searching for conferences =
and
workshops to attend &#8211; and that invariably leads me to the =
organizations
sponsoring them.&nbsp; My question is: Can anyone (or everyone) give me =
some
guidance on an initial track to take as far as to what conferences to =
attend (at
least initially) and what organizations to join.&nbsp; I have located =
the
following three conferences and organizations for this year so =
far:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt'>Since money and time are both scarce, I need to maximize my bang =
for my
buck (and my institution&#8217;s buck).&nbsp; Which conference should I =
target initially?&nbsp;
And which organization (since I can&#8217;t join them all unfortunately) =
should
get my money and time?&nbsp; Of course the answer will depend on many
variables, but as a person just stepping his hesitant toes into the =
video
library ocean, I need someone who can swim to give me advice.&nbsp; =
Please
enlighten me.&nbsp; Thanks.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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A. Seay</span></font><o:p></o:p></i></b></p>
<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'mso-element:frame'><font size=3D2 =
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</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'mso-element:frame'><font size=3D2 =
color=3Dblack
face=3DArial><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>Head, Media =
Collections</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'mso-element:frame'><font size=3D2 =
color=3Dblack
face=3DArial><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>Addlestone Library<br>
College of Charleston</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>
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<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'mso-element:frame'><font size=3D2 =
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<a =
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