Re: [Videolib] how much do libraries promote visual (film) literacy

Steve Fesenmaier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:50:55 -0400

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I wonder how many media librarians attempt to teach a deeper interest in =
film history and the art form, NOT just buying popular commercial films. =
For example, Sam Shapiro at the Charlotte PL programs a series every =
summer of important films about different themes, introducing them each =
time.=20

Shortly before I was removed as director of Film Services at The WV =
Library Commission in 1997, I was asked by the director why we didn't =
own all of the AFI's "100 Greatest Films." I replied that I did not =
agree with their assessment - and that friends of mine (like Jessica =
Rosner) were leading a national campaign AGAINST such simple-minded =
merchandizing.=20

Are libraries really "library cinemas"? or public access Blockbusters?- =
Steve Fesenmaier

check out my WV film series at The South Charleston Museum - =
http://www.geocities.com/scmuseum/WV_Film_Series.html

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I wonder how many media librarians attempt to teach = a deeper=20 interest in film history and the art form, NOT just buying popular = commercial=20 films. For example, Sam Shapiro at the Charlotte PL programs a series = every=20 summer of important films about different themes, introducing them each = time.=20
 
Shortly before I was removed as director of Film = Services at=20 The WV Library Commission in 1997, I was asked by the director why we = didn't own=20 all of the AFI's "100 Greatest Films." I replied that I did not agree = with their=20 assessment - and that friends of mine (like Jessica Rosner) were leading = a=20 national campaign AGAINST such simple-minded merchandizing. =
 
Are libraries really "library cinemas"? or public = access=20 Blockbusters?- Steve Fesenmaier
 
check out my WV film series at The South Charleston = Museum -=20 http://www= .geocities.com/scmuseum/WV_Film_Series.html
 
 
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