RE: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of Libraries report?

Christine Godin (diractor@yahoo.com)
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:41:36 -0700 (PDT)

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Hang in there, Gary. This old fossil thinks AV is a very important part of the library collection. Some months, 40% of our circulation is from videos, DVDs, and music CDs. I am especially proud of our collection--educational videos from Standard Deviants to Annenberg and California Newsreel, etc. to many many feature films. I have made a real effort to collect foreign films from around the globe, not just the classics in French, Italian and German. Our faculty members continue to praise this collection and I can see people finding real gems that they would never find at Blockbuster.

I can't understand why ALA ignores this, but then again, I can't understand why the organization can't get its head out of the sand on lots of issues.

Christine Godin
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio

Gary Handman <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu> wrote:
Beg to differ (as someone who's been around since Edison cranked his first
kinetoscope): ALA's decision (or oversight) is based on the fact that, despite
the cultural and cognitive revolutions brought on by moving image technology,
ALA and libraries in general still "don't get it" The container of the medium--
it's form and format--are completely beside the point. The real issue centers
around much more fundamental biases and misconceptions and downright myopia
about the moving images that prevade libraries and library organizations.
Exclusion of "VIDEO" from ALA's report is no more pathetic than the shabby way
in which moving images continue to be treated in most libraries (both academic
and public).

The fact is, we're living in a post-print society. Insitutions that don't catch
on to the fact are doomed to be marginalized or shut down completely.

Gary Handman

Quoting Amanda Ros :

> Mike,
>
> Videos continue to circulate at a fairly steady pace in 7 of our 8
> branches. While we are not purchasing videos, patrons are donating them
> left and right--presumably because they are replacing them with DVD's or
> their kids have outgrown the cartoons.
>
> ALA's decision to exclude VHS appears to me to be a response to the fact
> the VHS is a dying media. It is getting more and more difficult to find
> VHS supplies from our vendors. But, given that libraries still carry
> videos, I think that they should consider addressing them.
>
> I'm curious though. How many of your libraries still have VHS
> collections? Are you (the powers that be) considering dumping the
> collection? If your library doesn't carry VHS but did at 1 time, how
> long ago did you get rid of your VHS collection?
>
> Amanda Ros
> AV Cataloger
> Jackson-George Regional Library
> tsav@jgrls.org
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of
> MichaelMay.5652831@bloglines.com
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 2:39 PM
> To: publib@webjunction.org
> Cc: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
> Subject: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of Libraries
> report?
>
> ALA has released its "2007 State of America's Libraries" report:
>
>
>
> http://www.ala.org/2007state
>
>
>
> While DVD circulation has been one of the fastest growing areas at my
> public
> library, the report does not appear to mention video collections or
> services.
>
>
>
> Considering recent stats or trends at your library, do you think videos
> should be mentioned in the 2008 report?
>
>
>
> Mike in Dubuque
>
>
>
>
> 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.
>
> 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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<div>Hang in there, Gary. This old fossil thinks AV is a very important part of the library collection. Some months, 40% of our circulation is from videos, DVDs, and music CDs. I am especially proud of our collection--educational videos from Standard Deviants to Annenberg and California Newsreel, etc. to many many feature films. I have made a real effort to collect foreign films from around the globe, not just the classics in French, Italian and German. Our faculty members continue to praise this collection and I can see people finding real gems that they would never find at Blockbuster. </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I can't understand why ALA ignores this, but then again, I can't understand why the organization can't get its head out of the sand on lots of issues. <IMG src="http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/tsmileys2/04.gif"></div> <div>&nbsp;</d
&lt;ghandman@library.berkeley.edu&gt;</I></B> wrote:</div> <BLOCKQUOTE class=replbq style="PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px solid">Beg to differ (as someone who's been around since Edison cranked his first <BR>kinetoscope): ALA's decision (or oversight) is based on the fact that, despite <BR>the cultural and cognitive revolutions brought on by moving image technology, <BR>ALA and libraries in general still "don't get it" The container of the medium--<BR>it's form and format--are completely beside the point. The real issue centers <BR>around much more fundamental biases and misconceptions and downright myopia <BR>about the moving images that prevade libraries and library organizations. <BR>Exclusion of "VIDEO" from ALA's report is no more pathetic than the shabby way <BR>in which moving images continue to be treated in most libraries (both academic <BR>and public). <BR><BR>The fact is, we're living in a post-print society. Insitutions that
don't catch <BR>on to the fact are doomed to be marginalized or shut down completely. <BR><BR>Gary Handman<BR><BR><BR>Quoting Amanda Ros <TSAV@JGRLS.ORG>:<BR><BR>&gt; Mike,<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; Videos continue to circulate at a fairly steady pace in 7 of our 8<BR>&gt; branches. While we are not purchasing videos, patrons are donating them<BR>&gt; left and right--presumably because they are replacing them with DVD's or<BR>&gt; their kids have outgrown the cartoons. <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; ALA's decision to exclude VHS appears to me to be a response to the fact<BR>&gt; the VHS is a dying media. It is getting more and more difficult to find<BR>&gt; VHS supplies from our vendors. But, given that libraries still carry<BR>&gt; videos, I think that they should consider addressing them.<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; I'm curious though. How many of your libraries still have VHS<BR>&gt; collections? Are you (the powers that be) considering dumping the<BR>&gt; collection? If your library doesn't carry VHS
but did at 1 time, how<BR>&gt; long ago did you get rid of your VHS collection?<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; Amanda Ros<BR>&gt; AV Cataloger<BR>&gt; Jackson-George Regional Library<BR>&gt; tsav@jgrls.org<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; -----Original Message-----<BR>&gt; From: owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu<BR>&gt; [mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of<BR>&gt; MichaelMay.5652831@bloglines.com<BR>&gt; Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 2:39 PM<BR>&gt; To: publib@webjunction.org<BR>&gt; Cc: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu<BR>&gt; Subject: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of Libraries<BR>&gt; report?<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; ALA has released its "2007 State of America's Libraries" report:<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <B
<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; Considering recent stats or trends at your library, do you think videos<BR>&gt; should be mentioned in the 2008 report?<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; Mike in Dubuque<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of<BR>&gt; issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic<BR>&gt; control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in<BR>&gt; libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve<BR>&gt; as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel<BR>&gt; of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video<BR>&gt; producers and distributors.<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues<BR>&gt; relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control,<BR>&gt; preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
libraries and<BR>&gt; related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective<BR>&gt; working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication<BR>&gt; between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and<BR>&gt; distributors.<BR>&gt; <BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>-------------------------------------------------<BR>This mail sent through IMP: http://horde.org/imp/<BR>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.<B
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