RE: AV/media librarianship in public libraries.

Charles Ebert (ebertch@oplin.lib.oh.us)
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 13:12:25 -0700 (PDT)

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Mike,

My perception is that yes, in small to medium size libraries, the =
position of AV Librarian is disappearing. In my own department circ =
functions were taken away last year. I think the perception is that =
it's more efficient to collect and circulate AV materials out of =
Reference or Circulation rather than have a separate department for it.

I've worked in public library AV departments for fifteen years, five as =
a professional. If I had to do it over again, I'd try to get an =
entry-level reference position in a big system and work my way into =
their AV department. In big systems AV jobs rarely get advertised on the =
outside. They are mostly filled from within. I took a department head =
job in a medium size library right after getting my MLS. Five years =
later, I'm desparate to move on, but I never hear about jobs in the =
large systems, and I'm over-qualified for the entry-level positions they =
do advertise. =20

That's the best advice I can give you: Get a reference position in a =
large library.

-Charles Ebert
Head, Audio-Visual Services
Muskingum County Library System
Zanesville, OH =20

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Boedicker [SMTP:mjb18@acsu.buffalo.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 11:29 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: AV/media librarianship in public libraries.

Hello I'm a student in the MLS program at the Univ. of Buffalo. I'm
very interested in pursuing AV/media librarianship at the public library
level, but the journals, job postings, etc. I've seen have only dealt w/
it in academic settings.

I've been told that dedicated media librarian positions are difficult to
find in PL settings (except in large cities), and that often media
duties are given to other librarians (reference, etc) to perform.

Can anyone comment on this? I'd be especially interested in hearing
from those in public library positions, but all comments are welcome.

Thanks!
Mike Boedicker
School of Information & Library Studies
University of Buffalo

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