Re: In-Class Exercises

Agee, Jane (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 08:00:37 -0700 (PDT)


I'm saddened to hear that media courses are disappearing from the
Library & Info. Science curriculum. I had my first media course in
the early '60s and feel collecting film & video is still sufficiently
different from monographic collection development that the course is
still necessary.

*Academic libraries sometimes require the writing of grant proposals
for additional funding. You might have students write proposals to
strengthen a segment of a media collection, such as films/videos on
animation, or Latin American films, economics or gay/lesbian, etc. A
part of this could be to include titles and/or a list of vendors who
can supply titles in the area of study.

*In viewing/comparing the two documentaries, you, first, might have the
students view a documentary followed by a film on how documentaries
are/were made -- such as Flaherty's "Man of Aran" and Stoney's "How the
Myth was Made." Also Dan Curry's "Conventional Space" and the "Gunsmoke
Editing Film" are both excellent for demonstrating filming and edition
techniques if these students have not had any visual literacy courses.
These definitely hone skills for evaluating films.

*Have the students write collection development policies for the
library level in which they are working/intend to work, including
what materials would NOT be collected.

Jane Agee

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Subject: In-Class Exercises
Date: 4/21/99 11:18 AM

I teach a course in the School of Library and Information Science here
called Audio and Video Information Programming. Translation: Media
Librarianship, with a focus on new technologies. I will be giving the
course during the six-week summer session this year, which means that
students meet from 1:00 - 4:00 two days a week. Obviously, I don't want
to lecture that entire time, so I'm trying to gather ideas for in-class
exercises. The class will include practicing school librarians working on
master's degrees and students planning to work in all types of libraries,
so type of library is wide open.

I'm working on a big list right now, including in-class activities I have
used in the past. Three of those are:

* reading articles about a real public library censorship case, breaking
into two groups, then having the groups present the opposing

* breaking into pairs, reading short case studies dealing with copyright
issues, then presenting their interpretation of the the copyright law as
it applies to the situation.

* watching two short documentaries, different styles, subject matter, and
intended audiences -- then writing 100 word reviews.

So I'm coming to you for other ideas. What do you think would be useful
activities that library school students could do in-class to help them
become better prepared to do the sorts of things you do everyday?

If you would like to see the syllabus for summer 1997, it's on the web at:
<> I'm planning
changes for 1999, but the basic outline will be the same. More emphasis
on future technologies.

Thanks for your assistance. This is one the last media courses in a
library school anywhere, so I want to be sure to give our students the
most possible course.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries