Re: In-Class Exercises

Philip Fryer (
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 08:29:50 -0700 (PDT)

Kris, that is sad to hear about media courses in library schools. I took one with Hans Wellish at UMCP's CLIS way back in the early 80s. It was useful, but even better were the 2 media courses at the Univ. of Wales post-graduate school in Aberystwyth. Media librarianship was highly respected then.

I wonder if you could make an assignment that allows students to consider the
migration path from analog to digital media confronting libraries today?
When I started I was a 16mm film librarian (it is sweet to remember) but
U-Matic tape was all the rage, then Beta for a short while, then VHS and
the flood. The first RCA videodisc came and went. But we were still living
in the analog world. With laserdiscs something was in the air, but now with
CD-ROM, DVD and streaming video we are in a new media world. In fact
we are straddling two worlds. This seems worthy of research to me.