[Videolib] media in teaching and learning

From: Jo Ann Reynolds <Jo_Ann.Reynolds@uconn.edu>
Date: Wed Aug 12 2009 - 12:12:45 PDT

Scott Spicer recently responded to a post from Gary in which he said, in


"I am interested in how audio/visual media is used in classes, how it
impacts learning, and how well we meet user needs. Developing metrics
to better assess our impact in these domains should be our collective


I am also very interested in these things. Our media collection is
heavily used to support teaching in a wide variety of disciplines, most
of them not related to film studies, and yet sometimes it seems as
though media is not on many people's radar when it comes to budget
allocations, planning for equipment upgrades, and the like. I'm
gathering some statistics from course reserves and interviewing faculty
who are heavy users of media in preparation for a town hall meeting with
staff later this year. What are others doing to raise the profile of how
media is being used in today's college classroom?


Jo Ann


Jo Ann Reynolds

Reserve Services Coordinator

University of Connecticut

Homer Babbidge Library

Storrs, CT




Question Reality


From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Scott Spicer
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 2:37 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] video browsing collection: LOC or "some


I have been thinking about your earlier response (I need a life as
well), and believe you make a number of strong points, Gary. First, we
are also first and foremost committed to teach and learning, then
research, and finally recreation. In fact, the primary rationale for
my appointment was to assist the campus community in having greater
awareness, curriculum integration, and discovery of non-print media in
resource and production form to enhance learning. As for the
open-stacks question, my new-age, philosophy is that learning does not
always take place in formal learning environments and that our role as
media sages should extend past the classroom to encourage students to
better appreciate the media they consume in whatever form. I don't
think we should judge all recreational viewing as non-learning and
frivolous, especially if we position ourselves to partner with faculty
to offer supplemental/integrated programming in media literacy (I just
started a new thread, I know it!).


That said, there are a few differences with respect to context (warning
technical logistical stuff ahead skip to third paragraph). I failed to
mention that many of our most expensive and widely used educational
titles are in a locked cabinet behind the desk (with a notice on the
OPAC record). We are incredibly sensitive to the needs of faculty, and
in fact pull their items 4 days (a kind of blackout period) in advance
for delivery or hold. We are not the centralized repository for rare or
worn items, that would be our archives which have similar use
restrictions. We purchase replacements or try to resurface damaged
items quickly, but again we have not witnessed more wear on curricular
titles as a result of our open-stacks policy, and feature films titles
are inexpensive as you mentioned. We also have tattle tape affixed to
the actual DVD (beneath a non-pealable dvd plastic) and on the case.


I also should mention that my metric for success is not at all
circulation, I just found the increase to be a positive bonus. I am
interested in how audio/visual media is used in classes, how it impacts
learning, and how well we meet user needs. Developing metrics to better
assess our impact in these domains should be our collective goal. Two
years ago, we were a learning resources center, with a focus on
collections, closed stacks, and a floor of viewing/listening stations.
This beautiful, historical space was so dead you could hear crickets.
Today, in part to a redesign and less restrictive practices, it's an
incredibly popular, lively, energetic center with all kinds of
interaction taking place. We still have a lot of work to do, but I
believe we are on the right path.


Now if you'll excuse me I've got a few flowers to disperse. Kind of
ironic isn't it?







Scott Spicer
Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian
Coordinated Educational Services
University of Minnesota Libraries
233 Walter Library 612.626.0629






On Aug 12, 2009, at 12:35 PM, videolib-request@lists.berkeley.edu wrote:

Re: video browsing collection: LOC or "some other system"?


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