Re: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of

Linda Fox (lfox@gw.neric.org)
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 10:34:39 -0400

I manage a media/film library for a consortium of K-12 schools. I can tell you that this starts in the schools where there is a disparaging attitude among school administrators (and some parents) about media. "Kids should be reading - not watching videos!". Unfortunately there are some teachers who have used media in the past as a babysitter and read the paper while their kids viewed a film. These teachers have given all media a bad name. Kids are smart - they know when media is important and relevant and when it is a time-killer for the teacher.
While we try to promote visual literacy, we are fighting an uphill battle. Some teachers get it - many do not. And many are thwarted by those disparaging administrators who also "don't get it". There is lots of work to do!
Linda

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>>> "Steve Fesenmaier" <fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us> 4/24/2007 10:12 AM >>>
I wrote my own MLS thesis on "Film Selection Policies in Public Libraries"
in 1979. One of the main conclusions was that few selection policies showed
an awareness of film history. Years latter I had a letter published in
American Libraries about a library film critic blasting one of my fav films,
"WR: Mysteries of an Organism" by Dusan Makavejev. An editor at McFarland
asked me to write a book on the visual illiteracy of librarians. I told him
that librarians needed to watch more films, especially important classic and
new ones, not read a book about their faults. At one time the National
Video Resources ( now called ReNew) person, Sally Mason, tried to help
librarians become more visually literate. I don't know who is promoting
visual literacy in our profession any more other than this listserv and
related groups at ALA.

If anyone would like to read my 50 page work on film selection policies,
write me directly at - fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us. Steve Fesenmaier

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.