As discussed and lamented in the introduction to this book and elsewhere, video librarianship remains a professional specialty with startlingly few practitioners. Formal training for the specialty is uneven at best, and there are few standard resources or guides upon which to rely once on the job. It is consequently natural for video librarians faced with the formidable challenge of building collections and services to turn to key professional organizations for guidance in their work. The Video Round Table and scattered ALA committees mentioned below aside, ALA has never been much interested in video (and most likely will never be). State library organizations offer little more in the way of support for the connection-hungry video librarian. Fortunately, there are greener and more productive organizational pastures existing beyond these library professional circles.
Organizations and associations devoted to various aspects of film, video, new media, and the arts in general have never been in short supply. Some of these groups are fairly well-established and long-running; others seem to pop up one month, only to go under the next. The organizations listed below (many of which have been around for awhile) provide the types of unique information and valuable connections with filmmakers, arts centers, and programs, and distributors that can be extremely useful for enterprising media librarians. Many of the groups described sponsor festivals, a particularly effective way to learn about new and important works on the market. A fair number offer workshops, seminars, conferences, and other education and information-sharing programs. In some cases, the services offered by the organization include information and
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Publication information: Book title: Video Collection Development in Multi-Type Libraries:A Handbook. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Gary P. Handman - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 406.
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