Re: [Videolib] copyright, sort of

ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:13:46 -0700 (PDT)

I agree: we're rapidly becoming a "just in time" and "good enough"
culture. Students (and some faculty) have shifted into a mode of thinking
where whatever is close at hand and online is good enough for the task at
hand. The intellectual and cultural long haul seem to be giving way to
"whatever works now."

If, as librarians, we're gonna buy into these modes of thinking, we might
as well pack it in and put a sign on the door that says: "get it from
Netflix..."

As for pressure from administrators and instructors: it's simple. You
tell them that there are very very few things we can legally stream, and
if they feel differently, you want your institution's legal counsel to
sign off on whatever they want done.

> Don't forget that librarians are under a lot of pressure from
> administrators/instructors who are wondering why they aren't just
> digitizing and streaming everything in their collections.....
>
> I've also heard the argument that students should be required to purchase
> films they are studying-just as they do textbooks. But-would they
> actually purchase them, or just get them from Netflix....or a cheaper,
> less legal alternative?
>
> The reality is that models where you pay a fee and get a batch of stuff
> work very well for large institutions-they are already used to purchasing
> electronic serials this way, and it seems easier. Anything that can be
> "outsourced" and have the labor done elsewhere is ideal.
>
> Unfortunately, I can already see the way people doing research shifting-if
> it's not electronic, it doesn't exist-and this day is coming rapidly for
> film as well. I am certain that online availability/streaming/etc. is
> already dictating some choices instructors are making.
>
> Sarah Andrews
> Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
> 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.
>

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.