Re: AV/media librarianship in public libraries.

Cheryl Heywood (
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 15:03:18 -0700 (PDT)

I work as AV/Adult Fiction/foreign language selector as well as Adult
Coordinator for 27 public libraries in south west Washington. I select AV
for all ages and in all formats - this year the AV budget is about
$310,000. (AF is$230,000)

This position was created 3 years ago at Timberland. I was told 36 people
applied for it. I brought 8 years of AV/Adult Fic and Nonfic selection
experience + adult programming + Adult reference. I was very lucky:
working in a medium library with two satellite libraries, I was given the
chance to "spread my wings".

Other public libraries in western Washington are made up differently. As
far as I know, mine is the only one where all selection is collapsed into
one person. (However I have input from the public and staff - previous to
me working here all AV was parceled out to the 27 branches which did not
work well at all).

Cheryl Heywood
Collection Development Specialist

Timberland Regional Library Voice: 360-943-5001
415 Airdustrial Way SW FAX: 360-586-6838
Olympia, WA 98501-5799 e-mail:

On Tue, 13 Apr 1999, Michael Boedicker wrote:

> 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