Re: [Videolib] Collection going to IT????!!!!

Jeanne Little (jeanne.little@uni.edu)
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:24:08 -0600

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Our circumstances were the exact opposite. Originally, our IT dept. handled all of the audio and visual materials including equipment, films, videos, etc. About 6 years ago, it was decided that the Library was the appropriate place to house this collection and they sent our Library ALL of their materials and disbanded their equipment to individual departments. I was dismayed to discover that almost every original media had been converted to vhs (16mm, 8mm, laser, beta, u-matic) and what I had then was the monstrous job of trying to determine what were legal vhs titles! (We are talking over 2,000+ titles). It took me almost 5 years to wade my way through the majority of these titles, and I still have boxes left to verify. Talk about an eye-opening experience! I learned more about copyright than I ever dreamed possible! LOL

IT Departments are very knowledgeable in the delivery of content, but when copyright is involved...

Jeanne Little

Rick Faaberg wrote:

On 10/4/06 9:09 AM "Maureen Tripp" <Maureen_Tripp@emerson.edu> sent this
out:

  
It is always exciting here at Emerson.  Fresh back from the Media Market (it
was great meeting so many videolibbers in person) I was told that our
film/video collection may be administered by IT rather than the Library,
because they want to make the collection "on demand."  Not sure whether this
refers to a centralized distribution center or whether to streaming--I am not
included in the preliminary discussions (!)
My questions:
have any other college/university film/video collections been "moved" to IT
departments?
do any other college/universities offer their nonprint collections "on
demand"?
    

I feel that it is a *major* mistake to assign media content to the IT
department.

IT departments are never about content, only delivery. And that's just fine,
when you need delivery of content via the IT network.

Resist any such move with all your best efforts. IT taking over media
content is death of your program.

I am a case in point. My program was assigned to the IT department and the
media program was killed within a couple of years. I continue to witness the
death online (my position was eliminated by the way) and it's so sad to see.

Do not let IT take over your media program. Have them manage the streaming
or whatever but do NOT let them take over content management.

Sigh

Rick Faaberg

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.

  

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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.