Re: [Videolib] how much do libraries promote

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 15:05:06 -0400 (EDT)

Good points, all. I think that programming is not only enjoyable, but a good way to demonstrate that your patron base has an interest in film as art (rather than 'just' as entertainment). Although I do it primarily as a volunteer and not necessarily part of my job duties, I help run an international film series here on campus and, despite the difficulty in steering a campus-wide initiative, it's pretty rewarding and I get lots of appreciative / good feedback. If you can find a way to get involved in something similar, I'd recommend it (and be sure to brush up on the concept of Public Performance Rights).

I think it's also important to remember that 'blockbuster' films have their place, too. Anything can be used to teach a number of different points -- I have an English instructor who uses A Knight's Tale w/ Heath Ledger every semester to study cultural analogues.

It's not necessarily what you're seeing, but how you('re taught to) see it.


Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.
Senior Assistant Librarian
Instructional Media Collection Department
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-1475

---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:50:55 -0400
>From: "Steve Fesenmaier" <>
>Subject: Re: [Videolib] how much do libraries promote visual (film) literacy
>To: <>
> 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.
> 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.
> Are libraries really "library cinemas"? or public
> access Blockbusters?- Steve Fesenmaier
> check out my WV film series at The South Charleston
> Museum -
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