If I may weigh in on thisŠ I also received almost NO film/media training in library school. (Long before many of you were born or out of diapers, I surmise: 1974-5). I did take a film course in Rutgers' MLS program, and a non-print resources course at Columbia, as part of my study. I went to library school to BE a media librarianŠ that was my objective. And I complained bitterly that there were so few courses that addressed media as a format. Thus my course at Columbia.
AFTER my studies concluded Rutgers added a course in Reference resources for film/media study. I picked up most of my knowledge on the job. Several have suggested some form of training at ALA or even National Media Market. In my opinion these are not the correct venues. This comes from the data Jane Hutchison and I have collected in our Survey of Academic Library Streaming Video (first results presented at the CCUMC conference last week, and a fuller report to be presented at the Charleston Conference next month. It is clear from our study that decision making is moving out of the hands of media librarians and increasingly into the hands of Collection Development/Acquisitions units. So while I applaud the idea of some form of boot camp trainingŠ, in my opinion it has to be directed not at those who already are handling media, but to those who are assuming that responsibility. I think the place to run such a program is the Charleston Conference, which offers a full day of pre-conference workshops. This would be an excellent opportunity to reach the people who are now beginning to assume the responsibilities for media acquisitions and have NO background in media at all. My, $.02 -deg deg farrelly, Media Librarian Arizona State University Libraries Hayden Library C1H1 P.O. Box 871006 Tempe, Arizona 85287-1006 Phone: 602.332.3103 --- http://tinyurl.com/AboutNMM To market, to market, to find some fresh filmŠ I'm attending the 2013 National Media Market, November 3-7 In Charleston, South Carolina. See you there? VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.