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

James Scholtz (jimscholtz@sdln.net)
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 11:52:03 -0500

Hi Videolibbers, Jim Scholtz here. I agree with all of you on matters
expressed from this thread - many people don't place the same importance on
viewing/video as reading; ALA doesn't specifically mention viewing or video
in any policies (in the recent past - 1998-2000, the VRT tried to get ALA to
add a Freedom to View policy but was unsuccessful - same policy as EFLA/AFVA
had courtesy of Dr. Ron Sigler); and both public/university libraries have
gotten away from hiring AV professionals - heck many of them don't even have
professional IT staff either (not saying that the two are in any way the
same - Gary H. would have my hide!, relative to the content video streaming
thread!!). But I'm also not sure that ALA having a policy (like the Freedom
to view) based on a format would be a good thing. The overall philosophy of
providing information to anyone - public, student, professional, teacher,
etc. should be "give the person the information they need/want, in the most
suitable format for both the patron and the information at the right time
(preferably the teachable moment)". I think that is our goal. I'm saddened
by the fact that library schools don't have AV content/collection
development classes much less a specialty in that area anymore but library
schools don't really teach library management/becoming a director either -
they are sadly lacking in many management/collection development areas
instead, going for the 'fad' of electronic information delivery (important
but they are approaching it from the IT end, not the content end).

I'm not sure what the VRT can do to promote video/media as an ALA agenda but
we need to do something to get noticed. In past years, we've had the ear of
ALA President's Sarah Long, Nancy Kranich and to a certain extent, Carol
Brey and done some exciting things. We need to do that again - get into the
inner circle and start to make some noise - but first we need to present a
unified front, have some goals. I think that this would make a wonderful
"think tank" session for the VRT. Just thoughts - cause I may be a library
director but I'm still a practicing AV librarian as well.

Jim Scholtz, Yankton Community Library.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Vicki Lee Woods
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:15 AM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of Libraries
report?

Having just finished my MLS less than a year ago, I've been dumfounded
at the lack of jobs for subject specialists in cinema/film/motion
pictures, whatever you want to call it. I have 15 years experience as a
film programmer and just as many as an adjunct professor in Film
Studies, yet, when libraries seek to fill this gap, if they even
mention film as a subject speciality, it's frequently grouped with
another area and that other area is what they really want, such as Film
and Music librarian, or Film and Visual Arts, or Film and Theatre.
Today many public libraries have a circulation rate of close to 25% for
non-print material but have no subject specialist--yet they'll have a
specialist in some obscure section of Art History. What goes?

Also, I think Academic libraries worry too much about becoming a
"Blockbuster" and therefore just prefer to ignore the whole issue.

On Apr 23, 2007, at 5:49 PM, Deborah Benrubi wrote:

> I think people are working with two different meanings of "video"
> here. I think of videos as either DVD or VHS but some people think
> only VHS are "videos" and DVDs are something else.
>
> As I understand it the issue is that the ALA report does not address
> moving image recordings in any format whether DVD, VHS, or other.
>
> At 02:43 PM 4/23/2007 -0700, Gary Handman 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 <tsav@jgrls.org>:
>>
>> > 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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>
> Deborah Benrubi
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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.
>

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.