Re: [Videolib] digital video interest group?

Christopher Lewis (
Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:47:37 -0400 (EDT)

There is the VRT Digital Media Discussion Group, which meets at the Midwinter ALA Conference.

I've written up notes from the last meeting in Seattle and will be distributing them at this Monday's VRT Executive Board Meeting. Hopefully they can be put up on the VRT webspace shortly after so you all can see how varied and informative the discussion was. (I ended up with eight full pages of notes and boiled them down to about a four page report -- as we all know, there's a lot to discuss on this topic!)

Incidentally, the group has grown exponentially in the last few years... At Boston in 2005, there were appx. 10 attendees and we talked for 45 minutes at most. In San Antonio, there were 25+ attendees and the hour timespan wasn't nearly long enough. So, we expanded to a 1 1/2 hour time slot for Seattle in 2007, but we had over 75 attendees and probably could have talked for hours. I have it on the agenda for the VRT Exec. Board to talk about how to address this explosion of interest; any who will be attending ALA and who have thoughts on this, please attend Monday morning's meeting (VRT Membership and Executive Board Meeting; Monday, June 25, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m; Location: Four Points Sheraton, McPherson A/B).

Meghann Matwichuk
(VRT DMDG Chair / Moderator)
Univ. of DE Library

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>Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 09:54:58 -0400
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>Subject: Re: [Videolib] digital video interest group?
> If nothing else I'd be interested in meeting once
> (or twice) a year during ALA conferences to compare
> notes on where our institutions are in terms of
> technology, negotiating licenses with distributors,
> marketing, etc. I'm not much for formal meetings and
> structure and would just as soon informally meet for
> lunch or dinner.
> Chris Lewis
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> I've been meaning to ask this question for ages, and
> now, on the eve of ALA, it seems like a good time...
> Does VRT or the videolib community include any kind
> of a 'digital video interest group' or 'digital
> initiatives sub-committee' or some such entity?  If
> so, could someone tell me how to join?  If not,
> would anyone be interested in participating in such
> a group?   The discussions on videolib regarding
> technical specs, delivery environments, digital
> asset management, tools and techniques are
> fascinating, but I would love to be able to sit down
> with like-minded colleagues at ALA or other venues
> and discuss targeted topics, perhaps even to define
> a library research agenda for digital video.  
>  I'm also an AMIA member, and that group does have
> a large and flourishing digital initiatives
> committee, but I seem to be one of the few media
> librarian-types in that group, and I'd welcome the
> chance to have these discussions in a library as
> well as an archival setting.    
> So...if there's already such an interest group,
> where do I sign up?  If not, would anyone like to
> help me start one, or be interested in participating
> in any capacity?
> Judith Thomas
> Robertson Media Center
> University of Virginia Library
> (434) 924-8814

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