Though I spend a lot more time with the visual side of my collection, I
do both. Similar to you, I do not really keep up with music
librarianship (seems really specialized) or the listservs.
OK.. I'll say it. I like videos better. But I have music on my computer
in my office all day long. In terms of the actual librarianship, I think
that videos and VHS seem more like books to me. Music seems "other" and
I always worry a bit that CDs won't be where they are supposed to be or
that I won't be able to find what the patron needs in the CDs. Maybe it
is because most of my music collection is classical and I don't know it
well or use it. Or really like it much.
Also, I just handle and deal with more of the visual media. So it makes
sense for me to be a part of a video round table since I think I'd be
more likely to have something to contribute where as if I belonged to a
music librarians listserv or group I would feel like I didn't know
enough about classical composers or jazz sax or three-bar blues or
whatever. More patrons at my college use the video collection and only
the music people (two professors here) use the music. There is no real
research or scholarship needs for my collection - just teaching mostly.
I guess I believe that music librarianship means knowing a lot about
music and video librarianship can be more generally about library skills
- information organization and access - rather than knowing everything
about cinema. My degree was in philosophy first and I took no kind of
specialization in library school so I probably have no business being
any kind of media librarian anyway. But I am.
I don't like to lump music and video together merely because they share
the identity of "non-book" but that is how it seems in most libraries
except where there is real scholarship in music or visual media
Media Services Librarian
Bruce I. Howell Library
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
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.