[Videolib] LAST CALL for VRT Mentors Program at ALA Annual

Meghann Matwichuk (mtwchk@udel.edu)
Thu, 14 Jun 2007 09:17:13 -0400

[Please excuse cross-postings. -- MM]

Greetings VRT members and Video Librarians,

Are you attending the ALA Annual conference in D.C.? Do you work with
media in your library? Are you a new Video Librarian or interested in
learning more about Video Librarianship? Or, are you a seasoned
professional who would like to share your knowledge and experience with
a new video librarian? We invite you to take part in VRT's conference
mentorship program.

Please send the following information to Maureen_Tripp@emerson.edu by
June 14:

* Contact information
* Dates you will be attending the conference
* Type of institution in which you work (Academic, Public, Other)
* Whether you wish to be a mentor or a mentee.

Matches will be made as quickly as possible, so you can plan a time to
meet early in the conference. Mentors should be VRT members, prepared to
share their experiences with VRT, tips for navigating the ALA
Conference, as well as more general information about the profession,
according to their mentee's interests.
Mentees do not need to be members of VRT to take part in the conference
mentorship program. Just bring your questions!

The Video Round Table is undertaking this first step in our Media
Mentorship program, based on the following: "The American Library
Association's Video Round Table (ALA / VRT) recognizes the impact of
mentorship as a professional development tool for both new and
experienced librarians. We define mentorship as a professional
relationship between an experienced employee and a beginner in the
field. We recognize that mentorship encourages new talent and offers
opportunities to share expertise and seek support. This is especially
important for media librarians, who often work solo at their home
institution or who may not have had formalized training prior to
undertaking their media-related responsibilities on the job."

The next phase of this project will be an online listing of willing
mentors listed on the VRT site. Expect to hear more about that soon!

Maureen Tripp, VRT Membership Committee
Meghann Matwichuk, (Former) VRT Membership Committee Chair
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.