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

James Steffen (
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:25:21 -0400

Agreed, we need to have a clearly articulated set of shared goals if we
are to advocate effectively for increased representation of audiovisual
media on the ALA agenda. I second the notion of making this a focus for
the VRT and would be glad to help out in some way.

James Steffen

> 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.

James M. Steffen
Film Studies and Media Librarian
Theater Studies Subject Liaison
Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library
Emory University
540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322-2870

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