Re: [Videolib] What is a librarian?

ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
Fri, 13 Jul 2007 20:20:16 -0700 (PDT)

beg to differ, Christine

I think this list is exactly the place to debate the issue apropos to
video/media librarianship

gary

> I think this is a valid question and open to debate. I don't think this
> list is the place unless one wants to debate the desired
> experience/education/qualifications for a VIDEO or MEDIA librarian.
>
> Just my $.02
> Christine Godin, M.L.S., M.A. (theatre) in Dec. 2007
> College library director and primary selector for media
> Northwest Vista College
> San Antonio, TX
>
> deg farrelly <deg.farrelly@asu.edu> wrote:
>
>
>
> Gary Handman wrote:
>>
>> Oh, by the way, at the risk of being labelled reactionary and
>> backward-looking, in regard to your statement: Most (87%) video
>> librarians
>> hold a Masters in Library or Information Science. A handful hold only an
>> Associates or Bachelors (3%),
>>
>> in my neck of the academic woods, there's no such thing as a librarian
>> without an MLS. In light of my statement above re the instability of the
>> professional specialization, I'm wondering if this is such a musty
>> notion,
>> after all. I think we need all the creds we can bring with us.
>
>
> A post to the Collection Development listserv just inquired about
> questions
> to ask library technician applicants, who will have responsibility for
> selecting and deselecting materials.
>
> (This was for a public library, and not related to media)
>
> I have to ask... What is the need for librarians, if such key essential
> functions of librarianship are being done by technical staff.
>
>
> 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.
>
>
>
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Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley

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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.