Re: [Videolib] Conference question from a new Media Librarian

From: Nell Chenault <njchenau@vcu.edu>
Date: Fri Apr 24 2009 - 14:38:57 PDT

Sorry for the late reply.

I concur with much of the advice from other posts. I attend both ALA
and the NMM. I would like to attend CCUMC and AMIA sometime.

NMM is great for the intimate atmosphere, collection building focus, and
networking with educational film distributors, other media librarians
and specialist. Fun and focused networking. Some programming. As an
academic librarian, I found the opportunity to interact with school
media specialist a plus, although there are more academic librarians
attending the market now.

If you plan to attend ALA, the Video Round Table Membership Committee
does have a mentoring program which can help you navigate the
conference. You can contact the chair through the VRT web site. We
also put together a media map or list of discussion groups, programs,
and meetings across ALA divisions to help you find events of interest.
You can also join the VRT at their dinner, to meet folks, and bring a
friend along. Some of my other librarian friends like to join us media
librarians because we have fun events and are friendly. ALA offers
networking, equipment vendors, broader librarianship issues and
opportunities of professional service and scholarship.

Nell Chenault
Access Librarian and Head, Media & Reserves
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2033

Tom.Ipri@unlv.edu wrote:
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> As someone involved with both the National Media Market and the Video
> Round Table, it's difficult to recommend one over the other since they
> both have excellent things to offer.
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> Considering that you are new to the field, I would suggest that NMM
> would be a better first conference, especially if you buy media. It's
> smaller and easier to get to know your fellow media people. And, unlike
> ALA, it's ALL media people, so you can really soak up a lot of relevant
> information. But I would recommend joining the VRT if you haven't
> already. And if you're tenure track, ALA provides more opportunities to
> get involved with committee work and presentations. So, if you continue
> to be able to only go to 1 conference a year, you might want to
> alternate. I haven't been to CCUMC yet, so can't speak to that.
>
> But, yes, the correct answer is both.
>
> Tom
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> Philip,
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> I'm not an experienced conference attendee, but last year I was in a
> similar situation to yours (fresh out of grad school, only able to
> attend one conference). I opted to attend NMM and benefited greatly
> from the experience. At NMM I met people and started relationships with
> companies that immediately helped in my work. More than a dozen times
> since I have been able to meet faculty needs and to save the library
> money because of information I got at NMM. I definitely think NMM is a
> good choice if you can only attend one conference.
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> Neal Smith
> Digital Services Librarian
> Media Services Coordinator
> Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
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> [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Bahr, Philip
> Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:53 AM
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> Subject: [Videolib] Conference question from a new Media Librarian
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> I have a question for the experienced conference attendees out there. I
> am a relatively new employee (less than a year) fresh out of grad
> school. Originally I was told I could attend several conferences my
> first year on the job. But of course because of the financial crisis,
> that has been narrowed down to one.
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> My question is, as a Media Librarian which conference would be better?
> ALA Annual in July or New Media Market in September? I know the correct
> answer is both, but the funds are just not available.
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> Looking forward to your input,
>
> Philip
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> Philip Bahr
> Reference & Media Librarian
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> DiMenna-Nyselius Library
> Fairfield University
> 1073 North Benson Road
> Fairfield, CT 06824
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> 203-254-4044 x4206
> pbahr@fairfield.edu
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