Re: Renaming "Audiovisual" -Reply

Anne Roney (anne.roney@treasure.lpl.london.on.ca)
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 09:42:06 -0500

I agree with Maria's comments whole-heartedly.

Anne Roney, Video Librarian, London Public Library, London Ontario

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
You've pressed one of my Pet Peeve buttons.

As scholars and professionals, we should be the people who treasure
the English
language and its power to communicate exact ideas. We should not be
the people
misusing the language! I know it's one of those things where someone
misused a
word and others did, too, without thinking about what they were
saying.

>From Webster's 3rd: "media pl of medium"
"medium 3. something through or by which something is accomplished,
conveyed,
or carried on
3c.esp. a channel, method, or system of communication, information or
entertainment"

The word "media" encompasses many things from paint and stone to
CD-ROM. To
call a department housing only some of these materials "media" is a
misnomer,
a misuse of the English language. Let's leave "doublespeak" to the
politicians! (By the way, there is a magazine called "The Quarterly
Review of
Doublespeak" that is great fun.)

Audio-Visual is a graphic, understandable description of the
department.

Maria Koehmstedt

Reference and Audio-Visual Librarian
Clatsop Community College Library
1680 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103

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