Video Collection Development in Multi-Type Libraries: A Handbook

Video Collection Development in Multi-Type Libraries: A Handbook

Video Collection Development in Multi-Type Libraries: A Handbook

Video Collection Development in Multi-Type Libraries: A Handbook

Synopsis

A theoretical look at the selection, acquisition, preservation, and use of video and other evolving moving image media in libraries, as well as a practical working guide for librarians and educators involved in providing access to these media in a broad range of institutions and settings.

Excerpt

Does video have a place in most library collections? of course—and most of this book will provide ways to select and use video effectively. Is video now truly the “predominant recorder, conveyer, and manipulator of the cultural message,” as Gary Handman put it in his introduction to the first edition of this book—or is it true that, as Handman’s e-mail signature file quotes Gregory Ulmer (1989), “Everything wants to be television”? Not in my book.

I don’t believe in a video revolution. I do believe that video adds to library services. I don’t believe the flickering light of the tube has transformed us—at least, I desperately hope not. I regard “visual literacy” as a silly phrase: video makers do their best to make viewing as painless as possible, and the other meaning of “video literacy” comes down to critical thinking. the importance of literacy (“print literacy” is redundant) has not declined; those who cannot or do not read will always be at the mercy of those who can and do.

I’m no more anti-video than I am anti-computer. I watch television—and I do mean TeeVee: not the refined atmosphere of pbs and Bravo but the down-and-dirty of the wb, tnt, cbs, abc, and occasionally even Fox and upn. I admit preferring the debased commercial claptrap of The West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Futurama to the deep intellectual exercises of Antiques Roadshow, cooking shows, nova, Mystery, Austin City Limits, and the world’s talkiest tv news hour. My wife and I watch movies on video, usually once a week—on awful old vhs (for the moment) rather than the subversive medium of dvd.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.