RE: [Videolib] Results of ALA VRT's Video Librarian and Video Collection Surveys

Brewer, Michael (brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu)
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 13:30:44 -0700

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Gary,=20

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I would have found these numbers odd had I not done a survey several
years ago of Slavic librarians and found that more than this percentage
had no library degree at all. (On that survey, I also specifically asked
them to self identify as Slavic librarians, not library staff working
with Slavic materials) This was mostly because in the 60s and 70s Slavic
scholars were hired without MLIS degrees to become bibliographers. All
the same, it was interesting. Additionally, the MLIS degree was ranked
very low in its usefulness to day to day work (for Slavic librarians),
and linguistic and subject knowledge was ranked highest. That said, a
recent attempt to train Slavic scholars without MLIS degrees (but with
PhDs in Slavic areas) to become librarians (using Mellon funding) in
internship-like situations failed to really take off. It seems that
most academic libraries are not willing to give up on the MLIS degree in
favor of heavy subject expertise.=20

=20

mb

=20

Michael Brewer

Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian

University of Arizona Library=20

brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu

________________________________

From: owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Meghann
Matwichuk
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 7:00 AM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Results of ALA VRT's Video Librarian and Video
Collection Surveys

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Thank you, Gary. To answer your second point, I'd like to clip a line
from the email invitation to participate in the Video Librarian survey:

"You are eligible to participate in this survey if you consider yourself
a video librarian, and are currently working in a library, museum or
archive with video materials (DVD,=20
VHS, digital formats, etc.)."

Michael may have more to add, but to my mind, we were interested in
allowing our respondents to self-identify as video librarians, knowing
that there are many library workers who are primarily responsible for
video collections in libraries who do not have an MLS (especially in
some public libraries -- let's not forget that some public libraries
hire directors who do not have their MLS). I think it's valuable for us
to know that, and agree that conversation about the implications of that
13% who do not have an MLS but are acting as librarians are important to
discuss (and of course extends beyond the subset of librarians we
surveyed).

Best,

*************************
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
http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/instructionalmedia/

Gary Handman wrote:=20

Very very interesting, Michael and Meghann.

I was struck in particular by the demographics. If 40% of us are
between 50 and 59, 40% of us within a reasonable stone's throw of
retirement. Wonder what happens then. My guess is that the
aforementioned 40% were hired into or slid over into mediadom as a
result of the so-called "video revolution" of the 1970s and 80s...a time
in which the content universe and the delivery technologies were unique
to libraries...the enterprise itself was unique. This is no longer the
case. Media delivery, as we all know, is rapidly converging with other
forms of information delivery. I think there is an almost universal
perception (outside of our small professional clique) that the
specialization is no longer really needed (if it ever was). This, of
course, is utter bushwah...but tell that to administrators closely
watching the bottom line. Weird that an academic administrator would
never think about dumping or amalgamating subject bibliographer/selector
positions, but a media librarian's postion...???

In any case...makes one ponder and fret about the long term.

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%), =20

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.

Gary

At 11:57 AM 7/12/2007, you wrote:

[Please excuse cross-posting. -- MM]

All,=20
=20
A few months ago we sent out a request for those self identifying as
"video librarians" or those in charge of managing video collections at
their institutions to participate in one or more surveys on those
subjects. We have now finished the surveys and have initial summary
data back that we would like to share with you. You can access the PDF
files with the summaries on the VRT (ALA Video Round Table) website at:
http://www.ala.org/ala/vrt/vrtresources/vrt2007surveys.htm=20
=20
We will be doing additional analyses of the data over the next several
months and hope to report on it in one or more publications or
presentations. We would encourage any of you that would like us to
focus on particular areas to let us know, as we would like to be able to
present on those areas of most interest to librarians. Also, if you
have any questions or comments, feel free to contact either of us
directly.

Also newly available at the VRT website and of possible interest to
media librarians are the notes of the 2007 meeting of the Digital Media
Discussion Group, which meets annually at ALA Midwinter Conferences to
discuss a variety of issues pertaining to digital media and libraries:
http://www.ala.org/ala/vrt/aboutvrt/vrtdmdg.htm=20
=20
Thank you,=20
=20
Michael Brewer & Meghann Matwichuk
brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu
mtwchk@UDel.Edu=20
=20
*************************
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
<http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/instructionalmedia/> =20

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life
presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."

--Guy Debord

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odd had I
not done a survey several years ago of Slavic librarians and found that =
more
than this percentage had no library degree at all. (On that survey, I =
also
specifically asked them to self identify as Slavic librarians, not =
library
staff working with Slavic materials) This was mostly because in the 60s =
and 70s
Slavic scholars were hired without MLIS degrees to become =
bibliographers. All
the same, it was interesting.&nbsp; Additionally, the MLIS degree was =
ranked very
low in its usefulness to day to day work (for Slavic librarians), and
linguistic and subject knowledge was ranked highest. &nbsp;That said, a =
recent
attempt to train Slavic scholars without MLIS degrees (but with PhDs in =
Slavic
areas) to become librarians (using Mellon funding) in internship-like =
situations
failed to really take off. &nbsp;It seems that most academic libraries =
are not
willing to give up on the MLIS degree in favor of heavy subject =
expertise. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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[mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] <b><span =
style=3D'font-weight:bold'>On
Behalf Of </span></b>Meghann Matwichuk<br>
<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> Friday, July 13, =
2007 7:00
AM<br>
<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>To:</span></b> =
videolib@lists.berkeley.edu<br>
<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>Subject:</span></b> Re: [Videolib] =
Results of
ALA VRT's Video Librarian and Video Collection =
Surveys</span></font><font
color=3Dblack><span =
style=3D'color:windowtext'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New =
Roman"><span
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Thank you, Gary.&nbsp; To answer your second =
point,
I'd like to clip a line from the email invitation to participate in the =
Video
Librarian survey:<br>
<br>
</span></font><font size=3D2 color=3D"#333333" face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>&quot;You are eligible to =
participate
in this survey if you consider yourself a video librarian, and are =
currently
working in a library, museum or archive with video materials (DVD, <br>
VHS, digital formats, etc.).</span></font>&quot;<br>
<br>
Michael may have more to add, but to my mind, we were interested in =
allowing
our respondents to self-identify as video librarians, knowing that there =
are
many library workers who are primarily responsible for video collections =
in
libraries who do not have an MLS (especially in some public libraries -- =
let's
not forget that some public libraries hire directors who do not have =
their
MLS).&nbsp; I think it's valuable for us to know that, and agree that
conversation about the implications of that 13% who do not have an MLS =
but are
acting as librarians are important to discuss (and of course extends =
beyond the
subset of librarians we surveyed).<br>
<br>
Best,<br>
<br>
<font size=3D2 color=3D"#666666"><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;color:#666666'>*************************<br>
Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.<br>
Senior Assistant Librarian<br>
Instructional Media Collection Department<br>
Morris Library, University of Delaware<br>
181 S. College Ave.<br>
Newark, DE 19717<br>
(302) 831-1475<br>
<a =
href=3D"http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/instructionalmedia/">http://www.lib.ud=
el.edu/ud/instructionalmedia/</a></span></font><br>
<br>
Gary Handman wrote: <o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New =
Roman"><span
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Very very interesting, Michael and =
Meghann.<br>
<br>
I was struck in particular by the demographics.&nbsp; If 40% of us are =
between
50 and 59,&nbsp; 40% of us within a reasonable stone's throw of
retirement.&nbsp; Wonder what happens then.&nbsp; My guess is that the
aforementioned 40% were hired into or slid over into mediadom as a =
result of
the so-called &quot;video revolution&quot; of the 1970s and 80s...a time =
in which
the content universe and the delivery technologies were unique to
libraries...the enterprise itself was unique.&nbsp; This is no longer =
the
case.&nbsp; Media delivery, as we all know, is rapidly converging with =
other
forms of information delivery.&nbsp; I think there is an almost =
universal
perception (outside of our small professional clique) that the =
specialization
is no longer really needed (if it ever was).&nbsp;&nbsp; This, of =
course, is
utter bushwah...but tell that to administrators closely watching the =
bottom
line.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Weird that an academic administrator would =
<u>never
</u>think about dumping or amalgamating subject bibliographer/selector
positions, but a media librarian's postion...???<br>
<br>
In any case...makes one ponder and fret about the long term.<br>
<br>
Oh, by the way, at the risk of being labelled reactionary and =
backward-looking,
in regard to your statement:&nbsp; Most (87%) video librarians hold a =
Masters
in Library or Information Science. A handful hold only an Associates or
Bachelors (3%),&nbsp; <br>
<br>
in my neck of the academic woods, there's no such thing as a librarian =
without
an MLS.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;&nbsp; I think we need all the creds we can bring with =
us.<br>
<br>
Gary<br>
<br>
<br>
At 11:57 AM 7/12/2007, you wrote:<br>
<br>
<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New =
Roman"><span
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>[Please excuse cross-posting. -- MM]<br>
<br>
</span></font><font size=3D2><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>All, <br>
&nbsp;<br>
A few months ago we sent out a request for those self identifying as
&#8220;video librarians&#8221; or those in charge of managing video =
collections
at their institutions to participate in one or more surveys on those
subjects.&nbsp; We have now finished the surveys and have initial =
summary data
back that we would like to share with you.&nbsp; You can access the PDF =
files
with the summaries on the VRT (ALA Video Round Table) website at: <a
href=3D"http://www.ala.org/ala/vrt/vrtresources/vrt2007surveys.htm">http:=
//www.ala.org/ala/vrt/vrtresources/vrt2007surveys.htm</a>
<br>
&nbsp;<br>
We will be doing additional analyses of the data over the next several =
months
and hope to report on it in one or more publications or =
presentations.&nbsp; We
would encourage any of you that would like us to focus on particular =
areas to
let us know, as we would like to be able to present on those areas of =
most
interest to librarians.&nbsp; Also, if you have any questions or =
comments, feel
free to contact either of us directly.<br>
<br>
Also newly available at the VRT website and of possible interest to =
media
librarians are the notes of the 2007 meeting of the Digital Media =
Discussion
Group, which meets annually at ALA Midwinter Conferences to discuss a =
variety
of issues pertaining to digital media and libraries:&nbsp; <a
href=3D"http://www.ala.org/ala/vrt/aboutvrt/vrtdmdg.htm">http://www.ala.o=
rg/ala/vrt/aboutvrt/vrtdmdg.htm</a>
<br>
&nbsp;<br>
Thank you, <br>
&nbsp;<br>
Michael Brewer &amp; Meghann Matwichuk<br>
<a =
href=3D"mailto:brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu">brewerm@u.library.arizona.e=
du</a><br>
<a href=3D"mailto:mtwchk@UDel.Edu">mtwchk@UDel.Edu</a> <br>
&nbsp;<br>
</span></font><font size=3D2 color=3D"#666666"><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
color:#666666'>*************************<br>
Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.<br>
Senior Assistant Librarian<br>
Instructional Media Collection Department<br>
Morris Library, University of Delaware<br>
181 S. College Ave.<br>
Newark, DE 19717<br>
(302) 831-1475<a =
href=3D"http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/instructionalmedia/"><br>
</a></span></font>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'><x-sigsep></x-sigsep>Gary
Handman<br>
Director<br>
Media Resources Center<br>
Moffitt Library<br>
UC Berkeley<br>
<a =
href=3D"mailto:ghandman@library.berkeley.edu">ghandman@library.berkeley.e=
du</a><br>
<a href=3D"http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC" =
eudora=3Dautourl>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC<br>
<br>
</a>&quot;In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, =
all of
life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles.&quot;<br>
<br>
--Guy Debord<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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