A/V within academic institution organization

Blenkinsopp, Heather (HBlenkinsopp@mercynet.edu)
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 09:34:10 -0700 (PDT)

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Hello,
We are in the process of reviewing the role, staffing, and place within the organizational structure of our Audiovisual Services unit. At the moment, A/V is part of the Library's Access Services area, which includes Circulation and Interlibrary Loan. The A/V staff includes 3 full-time employees (a supervisor of 5 student workers, and 2 technicians) . In addition to providing A/V software (videos, laserdiscs, etc.) for classroom teaching, the A/V unit purchases, maintains and delivers equipment to classrooms. The equipment function is what we're reviewing. Over the last few years, the demands for increasingly sophisticated projection and multimedia equipment has grown tremendously. In addition, the College's growth to 4 campuses, 10 extension sites and multiple buildings on the main campus, has made maintenance and delivery of needed items more and more difficult. Recently, questions have arisen over support for computer projection equipment in computer labs/classrooms, supp
ort which was traditionally provided by computer services. There has also been talk of moving toward the creation of more multimedia-ready classrooms. We know our present organizational structure isn't meeting the needs of our faculty and students, so we are beginning to explore other organizational options. My personal background is in Circulation, ILL, & Acquisitions, with knowledge of A/V functions gleaned over the last few years. I know some academic institutions house A/V within the library, while others have separate A/V or media centers. I would appreciate hearing from other academic institutions about the place of A/V within the college/university. Answers to the following questions would be most helpful to me, but I am open to any advise you would like to provide on what has worked (or not) at your institution.

Thank you very much.

Heather

1. What services does your audiovisual unit provide?

2. How are needs for instructional media equipment met?

3. Where does the A/V unit fit within the organizational structure of your institution?

4. What level of staffing does the unit have?

5. Who provides the leadership and planning for the unit? What previous experience did this person bring to the position?

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Heather Blenkinsopp (914) 674-7580 (voice)
Head, Access Services (914) 674-7581 (fax)
Mercy College Libraries hblenkinsopp@mercynet.edu
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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A/V within academic institution organization

Hello,
We are in the process of reviewing = the role, staffing, and place within the organizational structure of = our Audiovisual Services unit.   At the moment, A/V is part = of the Library's Access Services area, which includes Circulation and = Interlibrary Loan.  The A/V staff includes 3 full-time employees = (a supervisor of 5 student workers, and 2 technicians) .  In = addition to providing A/V software (videos, laserdiscs, etc.) for = classroom teaching, the A/V unit purchases, maintains and delivers = equipment to classrooms.  The equipment function is what we're = reviewing.  Over the last few years, the demands for increasingly = sophisticated projection and multimedia equipment has grown = tremendously.  In addition, the College's growth to 4 campuses, 10 = extension sites and multiple buildings on the main campus, has made = maintenance and  delivery of needed items more and more = difficult.   Recently,  questions have arisen over = support for computer projection equipment in computer labs/classrooms, = support which was traditionally provided by computer services.  = There has also been talk of moving toward the creation of more = multimedia-ready classrooms.   We know our present = organizational structure isn't meeting the needs of our faculty and = students, so we are beginning to explore other organizational = options.  My personal background is in Circulation, ILL, & = Acquisitions, with knowledge of A/V functions gleaned over the last few = years.   I know some academic institutions house A/V within = the library, while others have separate A/V or media = centers.   I would appreciate hearing from other academic = institutions about the place of A/V within the = college/university.  Answers to the following questions would be = most helpful to me, but I am open to any advise you would like to = provide on what has worked (or not) at your institution.

Thank you very much.

Heather

1.  What services does your = audiovisual unit provide?

2.  How are needs for = instructional media equipment met?

3.  Where does the A/V unit fit = within the organizational structure of your institution?

4.  What level of staffing does = the unit have?

5.  Who provides the leadership = and planning for the unit?  What previous experience did this = person bring to the position?


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Heather = Blenkinsopp          &= nbsp;        (914) 674-7580 = (voice)
Head, Access = Services          &nbs= p;     (914) 674-7581 (fax)
Mercy College = Libraries          &nb= sp;    hblenkinsopp@mercynet.edu

555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522


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