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Online Doc Digital Video Collections Guide

by Scott Spicer on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 03:36 pm



Digital Video Collections Guide

Below is a curated bibliography, mirrored from the University of Minnesota Digital Video Collections Guide, consisting of quality licensed and open digital video collections that has been inspired largely with support from Arizona State University (deg farrely) and some resources culled from various institutions in the LibGuides Community.  This resource is being shared on ALA Connect as an Online Doc with the hope that a community of media interested professionals will contribute further links/descriptions of quality licensed or open digital video collections, and repurposed as they see fit to meet the needs of their constituents.  Attribution is greatly appreciated, but please repurpose regardless.

Considerations for adding a resource:
Please add links only to legal digital video collections and those that you feel represent high quality content that would be of value to various constituencies.  This guide is currently academic focused, but as the Video Round Table represents diverse media needs, video for k-12, public libraries, special libraries, museums, etc.. are certainly appropriate.  Please do not include links to other video bibliographies unless the character of said resource is unique (e.g., Berkeley's MRC Guide).   When adding a link to a digital video collections, please submit the URL specifically to the video search page and/or sub-collection of video clips, not the primary homepage of the collections' sponsor (unless they are the same).  Accordingly, multiple links to sub-collections (e.g., LOC digital video collections) are acceptable. Finally, the licensed resources below are for the licensed collections at the University of Minnesota. If your institution subscribes to these collections, you will need to update the links for your own configurations. 

To Contribute New Resources: first, login (top right hand corner. Non-ALA Members register here free).  Then, feel free to add exemplar digital video collections, create new subject areas, clean up descriptions, revise links, and of course, repurpose for your audience! The goal of this guide is to promote digital video collections of content, not necessarily single titles.  Please do not include links to websites in the promotion of a single title.

I will try to maintain this site on an annual basis to insure the links are up to date and these collections are still active.  To assist with this process, the links below are referred through the UMN Libdata system, but feel free to add links directly to digital collections.   If you have any questions/comments please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly Scott Spicer (spic0016@umn.edu).


Scott Spicer
Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian
Past Chair, Video Round Table
University of Minnesota Libraries

Table of Contents:


Licensed Streaming Video Collections
These are amazing collections of streaming video titles the UMN Libraries have licensed. These collections are restricted to University affiliates (requiring .x500 for off campus access).
  • Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy Authentication Required
    Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is a series of anatomy lessons on video presented by Robert Acland. Dr. Acland is a professor of surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The series uses unembalmed human specimens to illustrate anatomical structures.
  • Alexander Street Critical Video Editions
    Critical Video Editions provides subject-specific content developed by the BBC, Creative Arts Television, ArtHaus Musik, Pennebaker, Hegedus Films, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Insight Media, and many other publishers and broadcast companies. All content is indexed and searchable including full-text transcripts available for many of the videos. Users can search by date, performers, other names, scene, aria, etc. Sequential thumbnail photos for some videos facilitates previewing content quickly. The Alexander Street Press interface also provides ability to cite videos to the specific second with permanent URLs. Other features built into Critical Video Editions include custom clip-making tools, personal playlists, and embeddable links.
    • Counseling and Therapy in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
      Counseling and Therapy in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.
    • Dance in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
      Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue. Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional, interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own custom playlists and video clips.
    • Nursing Education in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
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      Online, streaming collection of videos for the education and training of nurses and other healthcare workers. Contains over 250 full videos, with searchable, synchronized transcripts, which can easily be embedded into online courses. Topics covered include clinical skills, exam skills, procedures, communication (including cross-cultural communication), ethical issues, legal issues, and much more.
    • Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
      Contains ~250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.
    • Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
      Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains over 180 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Playboy of the Western World. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and more. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging, and these landmark performances can become a permanent part of the curriculum.
  • An@tomy.tv Authentication Required
    The world's most detailed 3D model of human anatomy available online created by Primal Pictures. Includes features such as interactive zoom, rotation, angle, interactive layers, extensive text, MRI, clinical slides and xrays, live action movies, animations, radiology slides, dissection videos and slides, surface anatomy videos and slides. Focuses on muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, arteries, bones.
  • BBC Shakespeare plays (Ambrose Digital Portal) Authentication Required
    Television adaptations of all 37 plays by William Shakespeare, produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985. All productions are traditional interpretations of the plays set in either Shakespeare's own time (1564 to 1616) or in the historical period of the events depicted (such as ancient Rome for Julius Caesar, or c1400 for Richard II etc). Casts include notable classic actors such as John Gielgud, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Jane Lapotaire.
  • Birds of North America Online Authentication Required
    Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. A project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is a living resource with account contents updated frequently. Includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and recordings bird songs and calls.
  • CAMIOAuthentication Required
    OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online offers art images that are rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. Includes about 95,000 art images—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video and mixed media. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions. Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes during the term of the subscription, if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.
  • Docuseek2
    Docuseek2 provides exclusive academic streaming access to over 560 titles from leading distributors of documentaries including Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films, Kartemquin Films, KimStim, Scorpion TV and Terra Nova Films. The Docuseek2 collection provides exceptional depth in films about the environment, current events, global issues, anthropology, psychology, architecture and design, nursing education, philosophy and more.  Docuseek2 features the ability to curate your own collection, as well as clip-making tools and detailed analytics.
  • Digital Content Library (DCL - CLA) Authentication Required
    "The Digital Content Library (DCL) is a combined resource of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Design (CDes). Together, there are almost 200,000 learning objects from many different disciplines in image, video, and audio formats. These objects come from a variety of sources including purchased and licensed, donations, and copystand photography."
  • FMG On Demand - Film Media Group Authentication Required
    Films OnDemand provides access to streaming video on a wide range of discipline areas from Arts & Humanities to Professional Programs (e.g., Nursing, Business), great for integrating (and embedding) into curriculum. The Libraries are currently licensing over 20 titles, please contact your subject librarian if you would like the Libraries to subscribe to additional Films for the Humanities titles.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
    Journal of Visualized Experiments (General Section) is a peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques.
  • Kanopy
    Kanopy is a leading distributor of online educational film to colleges and schools around the country. Kanopy offers three core services: (1) a "catalog service" offering over 26,000 streaming films that can be licensed individually or in collections, (2) a "search and find service" to support schools in sourcing streaming rights to films they seek, and (3) a "hosting service"  offering colleges a solution through which to host their digital films. Kanopy's vast catalog includes the titles of over 800 leading filmmakers, producers and distributors from around the globe, including First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber, Medcom, Psychotherapy. net, Michael Blackwood, Ronin Films, The Roland Collection, and many more.
  • Lynda.com Training Video Series
    Lynda.com offers professionally produced training tutorials on a range of topics including: technical use of software, knowledge creation processes, leadership, career development, and idea generation (licensed by the UMN Office of Information Technology. Log-in with .x500 using the top right hand corner link).
    • Career Development Training Videos (Lynda.com)
      Career development series of professionally produced training videos from Lynda.com: "Whether you're trying to find a new job, get a promotion, or excel in a new career, our training can help you achieve your career development goals. Our experts offer tips on leadership, management techniques, productivity, resume writing, and more." (licensed by OIT at the University of Minnesota).
    • Leadership Video Training Series (Lynda.com)
      This is a series of professionally produced, leadership training videos by Lynda.com. Subjects range from project management, time management, hiring, managing performance, conflict resolution, and many more.. (licensed by the UMN Office of Information Technology).
    • Project Management Video Training Series (Lynda.com)
      Series of professionally produced, project management videos from Lynda.com: "Find out how to plan a project using software like Microsoft Project and Basecamp. Learn all about project management with our training, which delves into managing teams, setting project schedules, delegating tasks, and managing project resources" (licensed by the UMN Office of Information Technology).
  • Media Education Foundation Collection (hosted on Kanopy Streaming platform)
    The films in the Media Education Foundation (MEF) Collection are designed to encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. With a special focus on representations of gender and race, and the effect these representations have on identity and culture, MEF films are relevant in the disciplines of Women's Studies, Sociology, Race Studies,Communication, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology.
  • Naxos Video Library Authentication Required
    A performing arts video library with hundreds of operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places. It includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts, among others and is continuously updated to offer the best selection of performing arts videos.
  • PsycTHERAPY Authentication Required
    Database of streaming psychotherapy demonstrations featuring some of the most renowned therapists in North America working with participants on a host of therapeutic topics. Allows viewers to go straight to the heart of clinical practice with demonstrations of psychotherapy as it is done by today's leading practitioners. Resource for teaching and training in psychotherapy practice and for education about psychology. Searchable by titles, therapy topics, therapeutic approaches, and therapists.
  • Sage Research Methods Videos
    Commissioned videos from the SAGE Research Methods database, covering a range of topics related to research methods and design.
  • Student Resource Center Gold Authentication Required
    Offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, SRC - Gold provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts. Premier reference content includes the American Journey Series, American Decades, Career Information Center and the SRC Health Module. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals, an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards, and popular topic picklists.
  • Television News Archive Authentication Required
    The Television News Archive available from Vanderbilt University, is an index to more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (August 1968 - present), and CNN daily news (1995 - present). Also, there are more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since September 1988. University faculty, staff, and students can view online video from the Archive's collection of CNN material; copies or compilations of other site material can be ordered for a cost-recovery fee paid to Vanderbilt. Note: 60 Minutes, 20/20, and other news magazine programs are not included here. Note: To view the CNN content, you will need the free RealOne media player from RealNetworks or Real Alternative.
  • VHA Visual History Archive Authentication Required
    With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.
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  • Victorian Popular Culture (digital video clips) Authentication Required
    The Victorian Popular Culture database includes approximately 50 early cinema streaming video clips (spanning 1894-1926), carefully curated from the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive.


Open Video Collection Websites
Below is a guide of quality, freely accessible, collections of online video.*

  • Academic Earth
    This website contains video lectures from leading scholars in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English,entrepreneurship, history, law, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religion.
  • AdViews
    AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s from Duke University.
  • Al Jazeera Video (CC)
    Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository contains broadcast footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses.
  • American Experience
    View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series.
  • American Indian Film Gallery
    Vintage motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the American Indian experience. The site organizes titles by tribes, linking to films for more than 100 tribes.  A text box to describe each film is nonfunctioning, providing only "lorum ipsum dolor" filler text as a place holder.  Apart from what displays in the film itself, no additional information (publication date, running time, etc.) is provided. These archival films are not perfect. Some were educational shorts used in American schools from the 1930s to the 1970s. Several have abbreviated titles or missing endings. Some are spliced or scratched; others have faded color.  These films are windows into the human past, stunning documents with much to tell us about our New World story.
  • American Memory (motion pictures)
    The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections: America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Origins of American Animation Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
  • American Rhetoric
    Features a growing collection of text, audio, and video versions of over 5,000 speeches. The site provides access to "public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events." Includes sections for Christian rhetoric, "Top 100 Speeches," "Rhetorical Figures in Sound," "Rhetoric of 9-11," and more. Notable is the selection of speeches from movies, arranged alphabetically by title. Not all speeches have accompanying videos. Site supported by advertising, and maintained by a speech communication professor.
  • Archaeology Channel Video
    The Archaeology Channel provides free access to a large collection of streaming media covering archaeology worldwide.
  • Archive of American Television
    Hosted by the TV Academy Foundation this archive provides access to hundreds of in-depth video interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers. These television history interviews can be browsed by person, show, topic or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.
  • ARKive  
    DIGITAL MEDIA (IMAGES, VIDEOS). Unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images, and fact-files, with a special focus on the world's threatened species.
  • ART:21
    Created by P.B.S., this Web site is patterned after a nationally broadcast series on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Among other things, this site has an online lesson library, teacher materials and discussions. Full episodes are available in the PBS video portal.
  • BBC History of the World in 100 Objects
    Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programa that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made. Each episode consists of an image of the item discussed, and a radio naration lasting about 15 minutes.
  • BBC Online Media
    Provides online access to BBC's archives including themed collections of radio and TV programs, documents and photographs.
  • British Pathé (YouTube)
    A collection of 85,000 films: "Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars."
  • CDC TV
    Web visitors can now view or download videos on a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The library of videos will expand to include single-topic presentations as well as different video series focused on children, parents, and public health professionals.
  • C-SPAN Video Library
    Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by the C-SPAN Archives staff. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.
  • Civil Rights Digital Library
    Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The site provides both simple keyword searching and advanced searching. Content also can be browsed by Events, Places, People, Topics, Media Types (including print, government records, correspondences, etc.) Other features of the site include numerous instructional materials, including lesson plans, quizzes, slide shows, study guides, and worksheets.
  • CNN Video Almanac
    Archive of some of the most notable CNN video since the channel's beginning in 1980.
  • Creative Commons Video Sites
    This is a listing of over 200 Creative Commons (CC) licensed video media collections. This content is freely accessible, and depending on the specific CC license applied, may allow for greater reuse of this content above and beyond copyright fair use exemptions.
  • Critical Commons
    Professors post clips media analysis through the use of film clips.
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Video Collections
    The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Individuals can access a trove of thousands of videos across these institutions through DPLA's search interface (by selecting the "moving images" filter on results after performing a keyword search).
  • Europeana
    A collection of 6 million digital images of paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Included are images, texts, sounds and videos.
  • EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis
    Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement.
  • Folkstreams
    Provides streaming access to a large collection of documentary films about American folk, or roots, cultures. Includes essays about the traditions and filmmakes, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Site provides simple keyword and advanced searching, as well as ability to brose by subjects, regions, titles, filmmakers, and other categories. Video displays include links to additional, related films.
  • Frontline
    View complete episodes of a large selection of films from the acclaimed PBS public affairs series.
  • Global Performing Arts Database
  • The Great Depression Interviews
    From the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginnings of World War II, The Great Depression tells the dramatic and diverse stories of struggle and survival during the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Originally debuting on PBS stations in 1993, the 7-part series was met with critical acclaim, winning an Emmy for writing and a duPont-Columbia Award. These interviews are part of the Henry Hampton Collection housed at the Film & Media Archive at Washington University Libraries. Each video and transcript represents the entire interview conducted by Blackside, Inc., including portions that did not appear in the final program. For more information, please contact the Film & Media Archive.
  • HEAL: Health Education Assets Library
    A national repository/referatory of free, web-based multimedia teaching materials in the health sciences. The collection is comprised of images, animations, videos and audio-files. Registration is required.
  • HealthLibrary Online
    The Stanford Health Library provides a collection of online videos covering various health topics, including health and society, cancer support, and women's health. Videos may be viewable online through Stanford University iUniversity (iTunes interface) or QuickTime, or available for purchase on DVD. Not all videos are available for online viewing.
  • HippoCampus
    A project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), HippoCampus provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students. Content is organized by broad disciplines: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, US History. The site was designed as part of Open Education Resources (OER), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education. Colleges and universities develop the content and contributes it to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. Both HippoCampus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
  • Hulu
    A partnership between NBC and ABC (Disney), Hulu is predominantly a site for television content. Hulu distributes video both on its own website and syndicates its hosting to other sites, and allows users to embed Hulu clips on their websites. In addition to NBC, ABC and FOX programs and movies, Hulu carries shows from other networks such as Comedy Central, PBS, USA Network, Bravo, FX, Syfy, Sundance, E!, and other commercial producers. The Channel link at the bottom of the Hulu homepage provides a broad subject organization of its content, including "News and Information" which includes sub-categories of Current News, Documentary & Biography, Live Events & Specials, and Politics.
  • Internet Archive: TV News
    The Internet Archive works to preserve the published works of human kind. Inspired by Vanderbilt University’s Television News Archive project, the Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. Like library collections of books and newspapers, this accessible archive of TV news enables anyone to reference and compare statements from this influential medium. The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.
  • Internet Archive
    The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by Archive users, and ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Videos in the Archive are organized into 15 broad sub-categories: Animation and Cartoons, Arts & Music, Computers & Technology, Cultural & Academic Films, Ephemeral Films, Home Movies, Movies, News & Public Affairs, Open Source Movies, Spirituality & Religion, Sports Videos, Video Games, Vlogs, and Youth Media. The Archive also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of ephemeral films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) in existence.
  • Internet Movie Database
    The most comprehensive movie source on the web. Provides information on movies around the world, from earliest times to the latest releases. Includes filmographies, plot summaries, reviews, biographical data, etc.
  • iTunes U
    A diverse range of freely available courses spanning a wide array of disciplines from multiple institutions.
  • Khan Academy
    With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.
  • Learners TV
    This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of streaming and downloadable video lectures, live nnline Tests, and other materials in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, History, Language Training, Law, Literature, Management and Accounting, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology. The site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by university faculty from around the world. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.
  • Med-Mem Mediterranean Memory
    A free video archive library; thousands of videos preserve the historic, cultural and tourism heritage of the area. English, French, and Arabic. Co-founded by the European Union.
  • Media Burn
    The Media Burn Archive is a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present.
  • Media That Matters Film Festival
    Annual collection showcasing twelve short films on important topics of the day. Seven years of films available on the site, organized alphabetically by title, by year. A simple search interface facilitates finding films by keyword. Films may also be browsed by one of 15 issues: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environment, Family & Society, Gay/Lesbian, Gender/Women, Health/Health Advocacy, Human Rights, Immigration, International, Media, Politics/Government, Racial Justice, Religous Freedom, and Youth.
  • Merlot
    Includes animations and other learning resources.
  • Mike Wallace, The Interviews
    Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Each program includes a text transcript. Available interviewees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali among other notables of the time.
  • Movieclips
    Provides more than 12,000 short clips from feature films licensed from Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. The Movieclips player can be embedded in social networks as Facebook and MySpace, and shared on blogs, Twitter and other personal websites, and used in PowerPoint presentations. In addition to searching by title or actor, the site provide additional search capabilities for dialogue, genre, action, occassion, theme, and mood and categories including best kiss, tearjerkers, birthdays, holidays, awkward moments, action moments, bad guys and fight scenes. Reuse of the clips requires registering with the site.
  • National Film Board of Canada
    The National Film Board of Canada is a Canadian government agency that produces and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions. The NFB website provides information on over 13,000 National Film Board of Canada films, and includes free access to over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers, and interactive works for online screening.
  • National Parks Service B-Roll Video
    This webpage provides links to public domain video of some of those sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. This content is great for remixing, reuse in projects and publication.
  • NIHSeniorHealth - Health Information for Older Adults
    NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • NOVA
    Provides access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories: Anthropology, Disasters, Earth, Exploration, Flight, Health, History, Investigations, Nature, Physics & Math, Space, and Technology.
  • Open Video Project
    A University of North Carolina project to create free repository of archival, documentary and educational video.
  • PBS Learning Media
    Developed by PBS, WNET, and KET, and 31 other PBS stations.  Content contributed from publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, delivers thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers. Content aligns with Common Core State Standards for preK-16 classrooms.  This collection contains more that than 114,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets. Requires personal registration on the site.
  • PBS Great Performances
    Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.
  • PBS Video
    Provides access to selected programs from selected PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.)  Users can browse by Programs, Topics, or Collections. Individual programs are subdivided into smaller segments.
  • PopTech
    Videos of global tech innovators.
  • P.O.V. Video
    Provides a selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV.
  • ScienceCinema
    Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research.  State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.
  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
    The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive serves as a research facility for scholars of U. S. public policy....The Library's multimedia collection is a truly unique collection of material on U. S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government. The Library's digital archive on the American presidency is over 3 terabytes in size and growing.
  • Society of Biomaterials Video Library
    The surgical video library was created to bridge a difficult gap between classroom theory and clinical application. This library has a wide variety of surgical films which can be sorted through by search, alphabet, or category.
  • SnagFilms
    Provides access to full-length documentary films from established distributors and first-time filmmakers.  The Snag Films library includes more than 850 films. Filmmakers and distributors submit titles to SnagFilms for curatorial review.  Videos stream in Flash. The site organizes titles by broad Topics (such as Arts, Environment, Health, History, Women's Issues, etc.) and by Channels (including well-established film companies such as Alive Mind, Icarus, Fanlight, PBS, and National Geographic). The SnagFilms website encourages donating to causes by linking each film to a specific charity. Brief commercials precede and are interspersed through the video playback.
  • Thanhouser Films Online
    More than 50 films provide a representative cross section of the output produced by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York between 1910 and 1917. The films were assembled over the past 25 years with the cooperation of archives around the world, including The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, The British Film Institute in London, England, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, California, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam, Holland, and from the Thanhouser collection. Each film includes a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.  Andrew Crow, Raymond A. Brubacher and Ben Model composed and performed original musical accompaniment commissioned exclusively for this collection.
  • UC Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media
    A collection online video and audio recordings of notable lectures, events, and readings held at University of California, Berkeley.  This database includes both video materials accessible by the general public, and videos licensed for access by current University of California, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff only (CalNet authentication required). Audio recordings in the collection are accessible by all users. Access to the videos in the collection requires Windows Media player. Macintosh users will need the free Flip4Mac plug-in.  Access to the audio recordings in the collection requires the Real player. The site includes a simple keyword search interface. Linked from within this site are audio, video, and text files from the UC Berkeley Library Social Activism Sound Recording Project.  This collection includes information onf the Free Speech Movement, the Black Panther Party, Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Area and Beyond, and LGBT History.
  • UCLA Preserved Silent Animation
    The collection of animation at UCLA Film & Television Archive from the years 1930-1950 is practically without peer. Nitrate prints of classic cartoons abound, as do original negatives or best-surviving printing elements for many of the films from animation’s “golden era.” Included here are most of the Max Fleischer and Famous Studios Paramount subjects; the George Pal “Puppetoons”; the independent productions of Ub Iwerks; many of the Van Beuren “Rainbow Parade” shorts; a large number of Warner Bros. cartoons; and a recent acquisition of “Terrytoons” still being sorted through as of this writing.
  • UMedia Archive (UMN)
    Discover and learn about the rich collections available through the UMedia Archive.
  • USDA Food Safety Videos
    View the various food safety and inspection streaming videos and audio files available from the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
  • USDA Youtube Channel
    The USDA YouTube channel contains over 300 videos of video features, training videos and speeches related to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Veoh
    Provides access to videos from major content publishers like CBS, ABC, WB, MTV Networks, ESPN, Sony/BMG and Lions Gate, other video sites like YouTube and Hulu, as well as independent filmmakers and content producers. Users can sort content by type using pull-down menus for Videos, TV Shows, or Movies, each with sub-menus including categories such as Documentary & Biography. Brief commercials precede video playback. Watching full-length videos via Veoh requires installation of the Veoh Web Player.
  • Vimeo
    Vimeo is a well known video sharing site specializing in user-generated content, media production howto videos, independent films, and educational video (several universities have an official Vimeo channel).
  • Wellcome Film: Digitizing Medical History
    Online collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine. Over 450 titles - 100 hours of historical film and video - have been transferred and are freely available under Creative Commons licences.
  • WGBH Lab
    Categorized stock video clips from WGBH TV, this collection contains tons of rights-free archival footage perfect for creating mashups or short videos.
  • WGBH Open Vault
    Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content including images, sound and video clips.
  • YouTube Movies
    YouTube Movies provides access to thousands of commercial films (mostly Studio) across most popular film genres. Though many films require a rental cost, there are hundreds of free films legally available in this section, some of which are public domain others, shared with permission from the rights holder.

    • Acknowledgements:
      Acknowledgements: Much of the open content collections and compilation has been reproduced with permission, from the Arizona State University "Internet Sites for Streaming Video" Guide: http://libguides.asu.edu/content.php?pid=90855&sid=676587. Many thanks to ASU media librarian, deg farrelly, for his willingness to share this amazing bibliography! Many additional selections and resource descriptions were culled from the LibGuides Community as part of a comprehensive project to identify exemplar digital video collections.
    • Disclaimer
      UMN Libraries is not responsible for any of the content linked from these sites. We cannot guarantee availability of the content they provide, nor assume responsibility for the functionality of these sites. Copyright use understanding is the responsibility of the patron - see the UMN copyright site for more information: http://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/




Online Doc Conference Proposals for ALA Annual due September 1st!

by Laura Jenemann on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 09:40 pm

VRT is seeking program proposals for the ALA Annual conference in San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015.
The program committee welcomes proposals on just about anything related to video and libraries!   
If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the form here by September 1st:

Online Doc VRT 2013 Midwinter Meeting Notes

by Andrew Horbal on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 09:24 am


VRT Executive Board Meeting, ALA Midwinter, Seattle, WA


VRT Executive Board Meeting, ALA Midwinter, Seattle, WA

January 28, 2013


Attendees: Elizabeth Myers, Tracy Montri, Scott Spicer (chair), Brian Boling, Shelly McCoy. Tom Ipri, Anthony Anderson,

Kevin Reynolds, Julia Churchill, Howard Besser, Mary Aagard. and another gentleman George IFLA rep, another lady, and Michael Miller

is our new rep. for IFLA



Treasurers Report:  22343 in our account, 6400 working budget


Program Report –Elizabeth Myers:

Program for annual: Diversity in film, how Hollywood portrays, and how/if it has changed.  Speakers: ASCLA speaker talking about

physical disabilities (they want to co-sponsor), someone from Black Caucus and someone from GLBRT --the chair of that offered with

funding, but we said not necessary (but we’ll put them as a co-sponsor).  Jane Sloan worked on a bibliography on diversity in film and

cinema from ACRL and THIBS (theater...) group, so we should use that. Howard suggested putting some of these films on ALA's Now

Showing movie schedule and then tie into program to advertise our session and put fliers there. Howard suggested a local to Chicago

film maker that has diversity in his films as a speaker as well. Scott suggested SSRT if we needed another speaker, but we can also think

about promoting to this audience. Howard said we should be able to get something in AL preview for annual, but deadline is end of Feb. 

He also suggested to invite vendors who have products in this area to have displays in the back for the program.


Gala Report – Monique sent to Scott:

Monique Threatt, chair, is now working on setting up a Gala and she will be helping Steve Brantley. Scott read a proposal to have Nancy

Watrous –director of chicago film archive (now located in the cultural center) as a presentor.  There’s potential to have the Gala at the

Chicago Film Center, Siskel Center, Museum of Broadcasting.  Howard suggested Facets as a location. Mary Kunkel was suggested as

someone to help with logistics. Howard suggested Video Databank, part of the chicago art institute, to involve in planning and perhaps

co-sponsor and volunteered to contact them.  Anthony is working on contacts with vendors. We’ll have to get info on this to ALA by Feb.

to get on their schedule. Elizabeth also mentioned that the Midwest Tape party and the gala shouldn't be on the same night if possible.

Proposed Clarification [ Scott Spicer - Steve Brantley was Gala chair, Monique offered to assist, both were in active discussions. Due

to time constraints and other considerations, it was decided to skip the Gala for this year].

Communications Committee –Brian Boling:

Committee is looking into what we have to do to have virtual meetings. He did talk to people in NMRT on how they do their virtual

meetings. He put the call for nominations out on the Facebook page.


Website -- Steve Brantley not here, but Scott reported that we've officially moved away from the wiki.


Membership Committee -- Rhonda Rosen, chair, not present. Membership numbers ~520.

Scott reported ALA will add members automatically to VRT listserv. Scott hopes to send out a welcome email when this happens. Brian

following up with Danielle (our ALA staff) to see if this can happen.


Multimedia Production Discussion Group – Shelly McCoy:

The last discussion in December had over 75 people and included such topics as: Assessment of 
multimedia literacy and workshops components,
Maker Spaces versus Media Centers,

Involvement in Digital Humanities Initiatives on your Campus, Best Practices for staff-made videos (file types, storage options, etc.), and a "round robin" of what is new with each of our areas. A summary of the discussion is posted to the VRT part of ALA Connect.



Notables Committee -- Laura Jenemann, chair, not present, but Julia Churchill said they have the videos picked and there will be a press release, and Brian should post something to the Facebook page. Tracey reported 3 vacancies on the committee and Julia reported a possible co-chair setup or someone to be there to help current chair know what needs to happen. Best practices keep changing.  They are working towards a streaming media setup for notables. Scott reported 3 people interested in the committee and since Julia is the next chair, he’ll send those names to her.  Reminded of the wish to have a diverse group, library-wise, geographic-wise and the need to be at midwinter


Digital Media Discussion Group –Tracy Montri:

A large, mostly-academic group met yesterday along with a copyright attourney. There was a lively discussion. She proposing narrowing the topic of the discussion group and have it rotate on a two-year basis, such as Digital Licensing or Streaming Video DG.


By-laws –Steve Brantley, not present, nothing to report


Nominations – Tom Ipri:

There’s one nomination and one person on ballot. Laura Jennaman will be running unopposed for vice chair.


Liasion reports:

Copyright committee –Howard Besser: 

Students in Media classes and faculty at universities allowed to make clip reels from commercial films -was extended for 3 more years. He'll send a copy of his notes.NYU released guidelines on what you can do to VHS to preserve it -it is available online.


IFLA report --Howard sent out that report.


NMRT –Brian Boling: he represented us and told people to come to this meeting


New Business:

NYU received $800,000 grant from IMLS for 4 day-long workshops on audio/visual in libraries -3 in NY area and 4th in ALA Annual in Las Vegas. March workshop is on Disaster recovery for audio/video.

One idea for preconference workshop in Las Vegas was managing/preserving with copyright part of it and metadata part of it. File-making/file structure. Could bring in two people as speakers, travel and honorarium and would charge fee to cover part of it.  300 people expected to attend. Howard said that there isn't anything on the administrative side in terms of workshops. Scott said perhaps a program the next day.  Maybe related gala as well.


Shelly’s idea: Could we work together with GIS DG, VRT, and DH DG, Learning Commons DG to do a program related to a workshop on DH tools -using Media, Media Production --how about something on project management related to DH -how to get library content into student and faculty projects.

Mike gave an idea to include media production, facilities, digitizing content -intersection of use and including copyright.


Looking at VRT survey:

Outreach: goal to increase this between our organization and others

Education: people do not have audio/visual skillsets, how do we provide education?

Awareness/Advocacy -comes along with the other things, but raise profile with ALA. (Howard Besser met with 12 ARL directors).

Convergence as a good umbrella topic

How can we act as a conduit for discussion through the rest of ALA

Example, how can VRT get the 108 standards to rest of interested libraries.

Investigating if there's a role that we can take with other organizations. Howard gave 2 talks to two sections of PARS on Sat. --metadata outreach group and administrators group. Is there a way to document relationships like this?


Brian said that Tracey's DG could hit on these topics from the survey that people want the most. Tom suggested having a program on a topic and a follow-up discussion at the DG.  Shelly could follow-up if applicable with multimedia production discussion group.


Suggested the first topic to be collection development in the streaming video realm.

Will need to talk to RUSA to see if they are looking at convergence about digital literacy, ed. theory and teaching and learning and using content. Developing digital learning objects.


Scott proposed we develop a simple website that lists a few prime media areas with relevant exemplar resources and our programming history in order to be more intentional about coverage.


VRT leadership handbook creation: Scott will touch base with Tom Ipri to create at least a basic outline of Chair responsibilities with dates this spring before 2013 ALA Annual.  Scott and in-coming chair, Anthony Anderson, will meet to discuss chair responsibilities.



Kevin Reynold, ALA Executive Board Liaison to VRT Report:

Midwinter update

 Kevin is also liaison to NMRT and he said they have hybrid Exec. Meetings and use Google hangouts


•Advance registration as of Friday January 18 was 5519 compared (at 1 week out) to 4823 for Dallas (2012) and 5180 for San Diego (2011). [I reported on Saturday's registration numbers which were 10,363, compared to 9954 in Dallas and 10,713 in San Diego.]

110 have registered for the “day of service” event.  This event was proposed in Think Tank (Facebook), picked up and organized and marketed by members across the country, with Seattle-area coordination by Councilor Ann Crewdson.  


Inspired by the new OLOS toolkit on services to the homeless, members will be volunteering at Seattle homeless shelters.  

School Libraries

•Increasing support for school libraries is a top Association advocacy priority. Between local budget cuts and the anticipated reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the urgency has never been greater.

•A Task Force on School Libraries, with membership from most of the divisions, is currently working on plans for a campaign to increase public awareness of the value of school libraries

•Target audiences include parents and community members, educators and superintendants and national policy makers and elected officials.

•At annual conference, 28,000 ALA members signed an online petition to the white house in support of school libraries. This shows the power of ALA members when we all work together.

•Stay tuned for more information as the campaign gets underway this spring.  


Dues Proposal


The Membership Committee has proposed that the ALA dues be tied to the consumer price index, with an annual review and approval by the ALA Executive Board.  Both PLA and ACRL membership have adopted similar models within the last couple of years.  The ALA dues proposal would result in small increases, which would take the place of larger increases, which has been the approach up till now.With an average CPI increase of 2-2 1/2 percent a year, this would translate into $2-3 per year on average for a regular member, and perhaps a $1 increase for students, retired, unemployed, etc.


These small increases would minimize the effect on members, while allowing the Association to maintain its efforts in areas such as advocacy, intellectual freedom, research, diversity and other programs.Any other increases beyond these CPI increases would have to be approved by the membership, as is currently the case. This proposal will be discussed by the ALA Council on Monday at Council II, and if approved, will be placed on the 2013 ballot.  The last ALA dues increase was six years ago.


Digital Content Working Group


The DCWG has been very busy since the 2012 Annual Conference, working closely with ALA leadership and many units. Two reports have been released: Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries and a corresponding Scorecard, which provides framework for evaluating and comparing different business models. ALA has taken a more assertive position – PresidentMaureen Sullivan’s public statement protesting against Hachette’s price increase and the open letter to publishers that criticizes the inability to purchase some ebooks.

 ALA delegations have met with publishers, theAssociation of American Publishers, and the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Meetingshave involved educating and advocating for library interests and laying the groundwork for future cooperation.  ALA released a communications advocacy toolkit in November, which provides practical support for librarians to get op-eds or articles in their local newspaper and engage in other advocacy at the local level.  A new Ebooks & Digital Content portal has been created on the ALA Transforming Libraries website


In 2013, the DCWG we will continue current effortswith publishers, but will also tackle other issues, such as self-publishing, publishers other than the Big Six, school libraries, accessibility and privacy. Work is underway in Seattle on specific priorities for 2013.

The group has heard from many ALA members and really appreciates the feedback and support.


Community Engagement Initiative


All around us, libraries of all types are discovering that as libraries look outward, they can make a dramatic difference in their communities.


Libraries that more actively engage with their communities discover new and innovative services, increase their relevance, and build deeper community support.  


Last September, we announced the launch of a new national initiative called The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a ground breaking partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. Launched as a Presidential initiative and nowsupported through a grant from IMLS, the initiative’s goal is to provide thousands of libraries of all types with the tools and training they need to lead community engagement and innovation.Supporting the transformation of libraries is a strategic priority of the Association, and the transformation of the relationship of libraries to their communities is a key component of this process.


Over the course of the next six months, we will be creating and sharing programs, webinars, tools and other resources that will allow every library to begin using community engagement in their local communities. Our longer term goal is to see thousands of libraries if all types using tested tools and techniques to increase their relevance and impact.


A series of conversations at Midwinter are the next step. A number of conversations and presentations at Midwinter will introduce participants to the Harwood and other community engagement models.


At the same time, ALA has already begun to work on using the Harwood practices to transform the Association. Beginning at Midwinter, we will be undertaking a series of community conversations within the Association and the many “communities” that we represent. The goal of this effort will be innovation and the transformation of how we work and relate to each other as an Association.  We hope you will become part of this initiative, and will be sharing information with you on a regular basisgoing forward.  


New Diversity/OLOS Director


Michelle Harrell Washington will be joining ALA as the new Director of the Office for Diversity (OFD) and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS).  Michelle is coming to ALA from the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, has served as the Multicultural Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.  


15 by 15 Planned Giving Campaign


The goal of the 15X15 Campaign is $15 million in planned gifts by 2015.  Since the launch of the campaign in June 2012, 10 people have joined the Legacy Society, bringing the total number of Legacy Society members to 37. To date, more than $3.09 million in gifts have been pledged

Planned giving is a great way to leave a permanent legacy by supporting programs that you care about.  Gifts may be designated for ALA, divisions, round tables, offices or specific programs and projects. It’s a great way to make a permanent impact on the Association, libraries and the people we serve! For more information, visit the ALA web site or call ALA Development Director Kim Olsen Clark.


 Scott brought up having wi-fi free in meeting rooms to have hybrid meetings would be great.

Submitted by Shelly McCoy, secretary




Online Doc VRT 2013 Annual Executive Board Meeting Notes

by Andrew Horbal on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 09:16 am

ALA VRT Executive Board Meeting, Monday, July 1, 2013, Chicago, IL

ALA VRT Executive Board Meeting, Monday, July 1, 2013, Chicago, IL

Present: Scott Spicer, Brian Boling, Tom Ipri, Anthony Anderson, Jeff Pearson, Student from Pratt, Matthew Hinders, Kelly Knight, Michael Miller, Steve Brantley, Julia Churchill, Howard Besser, Carleton Jackson, Laura Jenemann, Shelly McCoy, and Monique Threatt

Minutes:  There was a clarification to the minutes for ALA Midwinter, which have now been updated online.

Treasurer's Report: Noted in meeting agenda (in Connect)

Guest Speaker: Although he wasn't able to be present, Kevin Reynolds, ALA executive board liaison to VRT was thanked by the board for his service.  Jim Neil from Columbia will be our new liaison --Kevin's notes are attached to the meeting agenda (in Connect).Scott said that we need to ask Kevin for budget numbers since they were not part of the report.

Annual Reports:

Program committee: Elizabeth Myers, chair, not present. Others reported that the VRT program on Sat., "The more things change, the more they stay the same...or do they?" was well done, well attended, and was videotaped so look for that online in August (an announcement will be sent out when available). Transforming Performing Arts program was something VRT co-sponsored at least according to ALA, and was very good and well attended (Video and DH correlation).

Gala committee: We skipped the gala this year, but next year will be up for discussion (see: New Business) later in meeting. Steve Brantley mentioned that we talked in the past about working on it a year ahead (so working this year on 2015) and not scheduling every year, but maybe every other year.

Communications committee: Brian Bolings, chair,  checked with Danielle (ALA staff) about VRT listserv and said that members are not always added (see: New Business). Also, went to roundtable mtg. and said that there's standards for brochures for that we should using and perhaps we should look at updating the brochure.

Web: Steve Brantley had no report.

Membership committee: Rohonda Rosen, chair, not present and no report

Multimedia Production DG: Shelly McCoy, chair reported 103 people are on the email discussion group. She is taking suggestions for better tools to use to have this discussion.  Laura J.  suggested moving it to a regular listserv and then just having moderated discussion.

Notables Committee: Laura Jenemann, past chair,  gave report. She had difficulty getting feedback from ALA staff (Danielle), but she was able to go through ALA Washington office and get things to happen. She reported that the committee could be more diverse if they don't require in-person meetings  -maybe once a month online discussions.  There was discussion about listing actual cost of item and not PPR (institution price) for the notables list. Talked about maybe not listing price at all, so that it gets us out of the picture --consensus was to not include this.  Cmte. makes the decision, it is our list of what to put on this list (not vendors). List wasn't printed in booklist this past year. Julia Churchill is new chair, Brian Boling and Wendy Higby members and will need another member. Quite a few people wanted to be on the committee and the chair is trying to keep it even with academic and public library representation.

Digital Media DG: Tracy Montri not present and no report.

Bylaws:  Steve Brantley reported no changes

Nominations: Tom Ipri, chair, reported that for VRT Laura Jenemann is chair-elect and will be chair 2014-2015 and said for next year, after Vegas,  Sec. and Treasurer terms are finished, so we'll need to start recruiting. Anthony Anderson is the in-coming VRT chair.

Anthony added new agenda item: difficulty for recruiting for chair-elect


ALA Copyright & Committee on Information Commons: Howard Besser provided general discussion about programs and noted attempt to create a Copyright Day. He also talked about some programs:

  • "Copyright in non-book media: a primer in..." There were 3 speakers and slides should be available. Almost all questions were about video, especially deteriorating video collections -rather than the art and music speakers.

  • In the PARS Preserv. Administrators IG -presentation by Brendan Butler who wrote the ACRL Fair Use Guidelines

  • ACRL had session on success stories for people who had used ACRLs Fair use code  -Brendan Butler and Kevin Smith did presentation. These sessions were videotaped so VRT should link to them.

  • ALA out of WA office is assembling group of authors who are willing to do special deals with libraries and cutting out publishers to make special deals together. One of the authors: Corey Doctorow is helping this --In early stage. Corey talked in his LITA session about open access as an author -puts his books online within a week after he publishes them. Is the fact that he's willing to give it away freely, making people more willing to pay?  It will be interesting to get data out of this.

IFLA Audio Visual/Multimedia section:  Michael Miller reported that he had midyear mtg. in NYC hosted by Howard Besser and there was a program in Singapore related to new methods of cataloging. They are also offering workshops for cataloging media collections for non-specialist librarians. They are worried about their membership and how to reach people and make it a stable section.

IFLA Membership to Coord. Council of Audiovisual Archives Assoc. (CCAAA) composed of 6 orgs. that only deal with audiovisual archives and two orgs. that are more general with audio visual sections (like IFLA and Int'l council of archives).

National Media Market and Consortium of College and University Media: Carleton Jackson reported that CCUMC is now officially known as CCUMC Leadership in Media and Academic Technologies. Sue Parks is current president of CCUMC, is from South Texas and is a member of VRT.  The CCUMC conference will be Oct. 9 - 13, 2013 in Oakbrook, IL and hosted by Wheaton College and Midwestern University. Theme seems to be: Digital improv. Carleton presenting there on integrating media into courses.

National Media Market will be Nov 3-7, 2013 in Charleston, SC and is connecting with the Charleston Conference (overlapping one day). NMM is a media market-buying environment and prof. development entity. Howard Besser and Brian Boling of the VRT exec. board will be presenting. Ten to fifteen thousand people go to the Charleston Conference. There's some kind of deal that VRT members get 2 for 1 or half-price admission to the National Media Market conference.

Howard Besser is willing to be formal liaison. Said that late timing of media market will affect time for Notables because many nominations come in after that event. NMM does offer scholarships to attend and if you give a presentation, they'll waive your registration fee.

Roundtable coordinating assembly(RTCA): Scott Spicer reported that he, Anthony and Brian attended. There's recognition that a number of roundtables are facing issues with recruitment, virtual attendance, etc. and there was consensus to share info more closely on these issues.

Laura offered that she'd like to put on future discussion or new business to have an official liaison with AMIA.

Howard has proposed session for PARS on audiovisual preservation in University Libraries (using 4 grad. students in his program that have been hired to establish this in their libraries). Scott suggested having VRT be a minor co-sponsor to this program.

Old/New business:

Howard: IMLS grant for in-service training and this is attempt to run full-day preconference in Las Vegas ALA on what to do with locally produced, born digital content. He wants ongoing input from VRT. : Grant will cover travel for 2-3 speakers to conduct workshops (Howard will be one speakers) and expendibles like handouts, but will probably need VRT funding. Scott contacted Danielle Addleson at ALA about logistics of setting this up and other special considerations we should know about. Need a fee to hold spots and discussed making a bit of profit for VRT from it.  Cap attendance at 50 and have it Friday of conference. Will have a local workshop in NY with same curriculum to test it and evaluate it in Nov. There's funds to record the local ones and perhaps funds for Las Vegas one.

There was discussion that since the Multimedia Production DG is so popular, maybe there should be some kind of in-person programming at Annual and then plan for hands-on workshop in future. Possible topics: 1. production centers 2. uses of production 3. media literacy 101 4. how things tie in and skills across library --start with basic clientele to set stage of how various aspects tie into librarianship. Start building larger program/series. Consider  the future and know detailed facets appeal to different clientele. Shelly will talk to Tracy about Media Resources DG and if other similar topics have come up during that meeting.Piggy back off of preconference on locally produced, born digital content and have thematic link. Look at VRT survey results for granularity. Tom mentioned looking at Bylaws just to see if they should be rewritten to include media production more specifically.  **Feb. 8 is deadline for annual program**  --draft something and get something together and share on connect to talk about this fall.

Discussion of ALA Connect:

Steve would like to have clearer rules as to what should be put from Connect and onto the website.

Action item: to develop communication standards by midwinter for what we need to put on webpage and what gets put on Connect --to be worked on by Brian, Scott and Steve.

Danielle met with Scott and gave him suggestions to streamline communications to her and these are posted on this meeting’s agenda:

  • Scott is going to start listserv for exec. board through danielle to make communication easier.

  • Adding and deleting members from VRT listserv --Danielle said that she can do that and we need to check to make sure that it happens.  Brian will work with new membership chair to update welcome letter template to send to Danielle.

New name for VRT:

We decided to table discussion of new name for a few more years -2016 annual -not that we are opposed to changing it, we just don't have a better name in mind.

Handbook discussion:

Proposed not having a formal handbook, but at least a timeline and doc. that pulls together resources -a couple of paragraphs for all the positions called a management document.

Action item: Scott proposed Anthony, Scott, and Laura draft something -this group is meeting after exec. meeting and will quickly put something together.

Steve has structure on original wiki to extract and put something online.

Nominations committee --a run down of positions:

New treasurer and secretary terms to start ‘14-’16. Recruitment informally before and during and after Midwinter and then call is in Feb. Chair-elect would also happen then.

Scott would put out a formal call for nominations.

Webmaster interest: Andrew Horbaugh (Carleton's staff) but Steve can stay on (Andrew also interested in membership)

Brian will continue Communications (Steve as webmaster is on  Communications Committee and Jeff Pearson said he's interested), but if anyone else is interested, they will work them in.

Julia is set on Notables for now (Jeff Pearson still interested).

Nominations is Tom outgoing and Scott incoming now.

Anthony is incoming VRT chair.

Rhonda rotating off as Membership chair and Matthew Windsor interesting in chairing and Andrew Horbaugh on there as well. Julia said that she could be on the committee as well.

Carleton mentioned recruiting  liaisons to other committees.

Digital Media DG: anyone interested?

Multimedia Production DG:  Shelly continues.

Program Committee: Elizabeth Myers will continue as chair. She is looking for new members.

Bylaws: Steve will not continue. We will put out a call for bylaws. Discussion about what the bylaw committee does. Monique Threatt volunteered to be a member.

Liaisons: Current liaisons there Howard, Michael and Carleton agreed to continue to do this.

ACRL Digital Humanities DG -may be a future liaison role for us.

Also mentioned that perhaps we could do something more formally with "Now Showing It" screenings at the conferences. Michelle McKenzie offered to work on this.


Gala Committee suggested not having a gala in Las Vegas, but start planning for San Francisco. Monique Threatt, Michelle McKenzie and Howard Besser will be on the Gala Committee. There was discussion on the relationship of these committee to the Programming Committee (it is separate).

Minutes respectfully submitted by Shelly McCoy, VRT secretary


Online Doc VRT at ALA Annual Las Vegas: Programs & Events!

by Andrew Horbal on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 04:12 pm

Here's a list of official VRT Events being held at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas:

Friday: June 27th

Managing Locally-Produced Born-Digital Media Content (PreConference): 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Caesars Palace – Neopolitan II

Here's a list of official VRT Events being held at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas:

Friday: June 27th

Managing Locally-Produced Born-Digital Media Content (PreConference): 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Caesars Palace – Neopolitan II

Libraries are increasingly needing to manage locally-produced media content in born-digital form. This ranges from a university’s public relations videos, to recordings of sporting events, to student thesis projects, to oral histories, to local television and radio programming. It also may include locally-related material that is not handed directly to a library, but is instead posted on websites such as YouTube. This workshop aims to help libraries understand how to understand ingesting and managing this type of content. This ranges from offering advice to content contributors (on preferred file formats, wrappers, and metadata), to file structures and metadata for maintaining a collection, to a variety of methods for providing access, to concerns about ensuring the longevity and integrity of these works. The panel:

  • Howard Besser, Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program 
  • Siobhan Hagan, Audiovisual Archivist, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library
  • Stevel Villereal, Audiovisual Conservator, University of Virginia Library
  • Natalie Milbrodt, Director, Queens Memory Project
  • Stefan Elnabli, Moving Image and Sound Preservation Specialist, Northwestern University Library
  • Yvonne Ng, Archivist, Witness


Saturday, June 28th 

Leading Successful Media Production Services in Academic and Public Libraries: Different Models, Perspectives, and Recommendations 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Las Vegas Convention Center – S225

Increasingly, libraries of many types are expanding their role from providers of information to supporters of content creation. This session will bring together a panel of academic and public librarians to describe how their organizations are providing media production to their communities. Discussion topics will include a brief tour of the production lab facilities, staff training, production equipment and software. This presentation will also feature examples of the various types and benefits of media projects produced by members of the academic and public library communities, with discussion on how this expansion of services aligns with the strategic goals of the library. Our panel:

  • Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Shelly McCoy, Librarian and Head, Student Multimedia Design Center, University of Delaware Library
  • Alex Hoffman, Digital Media Specialist, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Sara Sunshine Holloway, Teen Services Librarian, Tacoma Public Library


Sunday, June 29th

Video Librarianship 101 (Public Libraries) 8:30 am - 10:00 am; Las Vegas Convention Center – N232

Are you a brand new Media Librarian? Or are you a librarian who suddenly finds yourself in some way having to deal with video issues? Not sure you what you are doing? Not sure what you should be doing? Panic no more! This program is designed specifically to help you learn the basics of video librarianship. Our panel of speakers will be taking on such topics as building the best video collection for your community; streaming; DVD security issues; and putting on that film series that will absolutely wow your community. There will be time available for questions, discussion, and the sharing of success stories. Our panel:

  • Elizabeth Myers, Circulation Services Coordinator, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge, LA (Moderator)
  • Mary Wallace Moore, Director, Smyrna Public Library, Smyrna, GA
  • Michele McKenzie, Art & Music Librarian, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
  • Shahin Shoar, Media Services Manager, Upper Arlington Public Library (Ohio)
  • Tracy Montri, Manager, Audiovisual Department, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library


Video Librarianship 101 (Academic Libraries) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Las Vegas Convention Center – N232

Are you a brand new Media Librarian? Or are you a librarian who suddenly finds yourself in some way having to deal with video issues? Not sure you what you are doing? Not sure what you should be doing? Panic no more! This program is designed specifically to help you learn the basics of video librarianship. Our panel of speakers will be taking on such topics as building the best video collection for your campus; streaming; promoting your collection; and making sense of sometimes such daunting concepts as “fair usage”, “public performance rights” and “institutional rates.” There will be time available for questions, discussion, and the sharing of success stories. Our panel:

  • Tom Ipri, Liaison Librarian for Media Arts and Design, Drexel University Libraries,  Drexel University (Moderator)
  • deg farrelly, ShareStream Administrator/Media Librarian, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, AZ
  • Steven D. Milewski, Assistant Professor | Social Work & Digital Media Technologies Librarian, University Libraries, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Brian W. Boling, Media Services and Digital Production Librarian, Temple University Libraries
  • Laura Jenemann, Media Services/Film Studies Librarian, George Mason University Libraries


VRT Happy Hour: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV  89169

Please join the Video Round Table (VRT) members in a happy - or is it hoppy? - hour at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant at the ALA conference in Las Vegas.  Members and non-members are welcome.  Please note that this is a cash bar event.  Light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP directly to Laura Jennemann at ljeneman@gmu.edu.


Monday: June 30th

Membership and Executive Board Meeting 8:30 am – 12:30 pm; Las Vegas Convention Center - N212

Planning and business discussion meeting for the Video Round Table. Here’s your chance to find out more about the VRT and get your word in about what the Round Table can be doing to best serve the needs of the video library community!




Online Doc VRT Executive Board Meeting Minutes 2014.01.08

by Laura Jenemann on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 03:59 pm

VRT Executive Board Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 2-3:30pm EST
Location: Adobe Connect
In attendance: Danielle Alderson (ALA Liaison), Anthony Anderson (Chair), Andrew Horbal (Communications  and Website Committees), Laura Jenemann (Chair Elect), Shelly McCoy (Secretary), Scott Spicer (Past-Chair, Bylaws, Nomination Committees)

1.  Introductions
2.  Midwinter Update

a. Board Meeting Agenda - Anthony

VRT Executive Board Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 2-3:30pm EST
Location: Adobe Connect
In attendance: Danielle Alderson (ALA Liaison), Anthony Anderson (Chair), Andrew Horbal (Communications  and Website Committees), Laura Jenemann (Chair Elect), Shelly McCoy (Secretary), Scott Spicer (Past-Chair, Bylaws, Nomination Committees)

1.  Introductions
2.  Midwinter Update

a. Board Meeting Agenda - Anthony

Anthony received minutes from 3 Chairs: Scott Spicer, Michael Miller, and Chris (Lewis?).  Shelly to make 10-15 print copies of VRT Exec. Board minutes from the Annual meeting to have at the midwinter board meeting.
Andy will put the agenda on Connect and on front of the webpage. 

Jim Neal will report from the Exec. Board at our meeting.

Anthony will ask if the person chairing the Gala committee will continue until after Annual 2015.  There was a question if the Gala will be on Sun. and we decided to let the committee decide.

3.  Nominations - Scott 

Open positions are chair-elect and treasurer. We'll take nominations at midwinter and we'll post a call for those interested online.

4.  Bylaw Revisions - Scott 

 a. Q from Laura: Are we going to try for vote before Annual 2014?  This is a close turn-around.

Scott posted a Google doc of bylaws and only received a couple of comments. There's 5 or 6 major bylaw changes. Scott will create an exec. summary for midwinter meeting but believes there's not much that is controversial. The goal is for changes to take affect after Annual. This will not get on the ballot, which comes out in 3 weeks, but there's another mechanism to use to vote --at our meetings we just need 10 members there to vote.

5. Gala Committee - Laura for Monique Threatt

a.  What are the official commitment for Committee Members?  (For example: 2013-2015, or 2014-2016?)

b.  Should the Gala be Sunday 7-9:30pm?  This is the traditional time.

5.  Unfinished Business

a. Liaisons - Laura

1) ALA Connect page

An ALA Connect page for liaisons was created.

2) Job description

2 year appointment. 

Attendance at conferences

Michael Miller has said that he can renew his appointment at Annual, so we'll ask him.

3) Requirements for establishing relationship

This depends upon the formality of the relationship.

     b. Future VRT call agendas: should they be sent to entire membership? - Anthony

Not discussed.

6.  New Business

Andrew Horbal, Communications Committee, gave a report.

Laura said that she should ask how to preserve memory of the group.

No Feb. 5 meeting since so close to Midwinter.
Anthony asked that the minutes of this meeting and all those that follow be sent to VRT-L with an announcement of the next board meeting date/time.


Online Doc ALA Notable Videos for Adults 2014

by Julia Churchill on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 09:43 pm

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2014 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video.

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2014 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.
The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 34 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.

  • Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry (2012) 91 minutes. MPI Media Group. Available from various distributors. 

       Profiles  Chinese  dissident artist Ai WeiWei and his mission to draw attention to political  oppression in China. 

  • Brooklyn Castle (2012) 101 minutes. Rescued Media. Available from various distributors.

        Public school kids and educators overcome economic challenges to  compete in national chess championships.

  • The Central Park Five (2012) 119 minutes. IFC Films.Available from various distributors.

        An indictment of the press and the criminal justice systems mishandling of the Central park jogger case from the perspective of the five young men  falsely accused, and    ultimately exonerated.

  • The Gatekeepers (2013) 101 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Available from various distributors.

        A glimpse into machinations of   Israel's counter terrorism operations  through unprecedented interviews with six former leaders of  Shin Bet 

  • The House I live in (2013) 108 minutes. Charlotte Street Films. Available from various distributors.

        Lays bare the social consequences of America's failed war on drugs. 

  • How to Survive a Plague (2013) 109 minutes. Public Square Films. Available from various distributors.

        Members of ACT UP  fight to provide life saving drugs to their community and raise awareness during the outbreak of HIV-AIDS.

  • The Imposter (2013) 99 minutes. A&E Indie Films. Available from various distributors.

        Well executed high tension thriller about a trickster who manipulates his way into a family grieving for their missing child.

  • Invisible War (2012) 98 minutes. Docurama Films. Available from various distributors.

        An expose about sexual assault in the military and the system that perpetuates it.

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) 82 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Available from various distributors.

        An aging sushi chef demonstrates that mastery comes from life long dedication to improving ones craft.

  • Kumare (2013) 84 minutes. Kino Lorber Available from various distributors.

       By posing as a guru the filmmaker explores the common longing for spiritual guidance.

  • Leviathan (2013) 87 minutes. Cinema Guild. Available from various distributors.

        An Immersive experience using experimental  techniques to explore the lives of commercial fisherman.

  • A Place at the Table (2013) 84 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Available from various distributors.

       An exploration of Americas food insecurity and its negative impact on the nations most vulnerable

  • Project Nim (2012) 93 minutes. Red Box Films. Available from various distributors

        A chimpanzee is raised as a human, taught sign language, and later abandoned by those he trusted.

  • Soul Food Junkies (2013) 63 minutes. PBS. Available from various distributors.

       A film that celebrates the soul food tradition while advocating  for  modifications to minimize  its negative health effects on the community.

  • Where Heaven Meets Hell ( 2013) ITVS.

        Beautifully crafted film that reveals  the difficult lives of sulfur miners in east Java.
The Notable Videos for Adults Committee members are: Julia Churchill, Oak Lawn Public Library (Chair); Brian Boling, Temple University; Linda Frederiksen, Vancouver Library; Mary Hanlin, Reynolds Community College; Wendy Higby, James A. Michener Library; Maura Lynch, Guilderland Public Library; Sandra Macke, University of Denver;  Michele McKenzie, Berkeley Public Library; Maureen Tripp, Emerson College; 




Online Doc Proposed Amendments to the VRT Bylaws (Soliciting Feedback!!)

by Scott Spicer on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 02:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

Listed below is my first go on revising the VRT Bylaws.  My goal with these proposed amendments was to update the document to reflect both the emerging vitality and diverse interests of the group, with some of the challenges faced in recent years of finding active participants to administer operations. 

Hi Everyone,

Listed below is my first go on revising the VRT Bylaws.  My goal with these proposed amendments was to update the document to reflect both the emerging vitality and diverse interests of the group, with some of the challenges faced in recent years of finding active participants to administer operations. 

Please add your comments to the open VRT Bylaws Google document!  We will be discussing this at the VRT Midwinter Board Meeting on Monday.


I do not believe there are many controversial items here, but I could be wrong.  2 comments were received on one proposed amendment:

  1. (Article V, sec. 2) providing voting rights to students (who are now technically non-paying members).

Additional items of note may include:

  1. Explicitly stating that the VRT covers both fixed media collections as well as media creation.
  2. Number of members required for various committees, number of Executive posts held simultaneously, number of members required for quorum
  3. Clarification on the Bylaws voting procedures


List of Proposed Amendments to the VRT Bylaws (Midwinter 2014)

1. (Article II) Language: (1) to provide a forum for the discussion of video and other audiovisual collections, services, and technologies in libraries of all types;

Amendment: Do we make more explicit the role of media creation in addition to fixed collections?


2.  (Article III) Language: Section 2. Any institutional member of ALA may become an institutional member of the VRT upon payment of annual dues. Institutional members shall be nonvoting members.

Amendment: Do we extend voting privileges to (non-paying) students?


3.  (Article IV sec. 7) Language: Section 7. At the Midwinter Business Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present the Executive Committee with a slate of officers for the upcoming year. This slate shall contain either at least one nominee for every office to be filled at the annual election. Further nominations can be made from the floor and subsequently via written nomination by voting members in good standing. Nominations shall be closed two weeks after the official end of the Midwinter Conference or comparable date determined and announced by the VRT Executive Board. In the case of only one nominee for any position their will be a provision for a write-in candidate. The slate shall be posted on the VRT web site and ballots shall be sent through standard ALA procedures to all VRT members in good standing prior to the ALA Annual Conference and must be returned on or before the date posted and provide for write-in candidates.

Amendments: Clarified as email?; Their should be spelled there; Should we codify ALA Connect as the VRT web site for candidates?


4.  (Article IV sec. 8(B)) Language: Nominating Committee shall propose at least two (2) candidates to fill the unexpired term of the vacant office(s).

Amendment: Should we change this to one candidate with the possibility of a write-in should there not be at least 2 candidates submitted?


5.  (Article IV sec. 9) Language: Section 9. No member shall hold more than one office on the Executive Committee at any time.

Amendment: Should we change this to except under extenuating circumstances where not enough candidates have been submitted to fill all Executive Committee seats?


6.  (Article V, sec. 4) Language: Section 4. Ten (10) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at any Membership meeting of the Round Table.

Amendment: We have come dangerously close to not having a quorum at some meetings in recent years. Should we lower the number required for quorum?


7.  (Article VI, sec. 1) Language: Section 1. The Officers of VRT, the Chairs of the Membership, Communications, Nominating, Gala, Bylaws and Program Committees and the Webmaster shall constitute the Executive Committee and have voting privileges. Chairs of other Standing Committees and liaisons shall be non-voting members of the Executive Committee.

Amendment: Do we want to add the Chair of the Notables Committee and the Media Production Group to the Executive Committee?


8.  (Article VII, sec. 2) Language: A Standing Committee member may be appointed for only one additional two-year (2) term.

Amendment: I propose we take this out or amend to the effect "except under extenuating circumstances in which another candidate can not be identified." These are committee memberships (2 year appointments) not Chairs (1 year appointments).


9.  (Article VII, sec. 3 (B)) Language: least three (3) members

Amendment: I propose "except under extenuating circumstances in which 2 additional VRT members can not be identified"


10.  (Article VII, sec. 3 (D)) Language: The Program Committee shall consist of at least four (4) members.

Amendment: Again, I propose the language "except under extenuating circumstances"


11.  (Article VII, sec. 4 (E)) Language: The Gala Program shall consist of at least five (5) members

Amendment: Again, I propose the language "except under extenuating circumstances"


12.  (Article VII, sec. 4 (E)) Language: The Gala is an annual professionally oriented event held as a fund raiser, membership recruitment, and social event and the Committee shall oversee all activities relating to executing the programs for the Annual Conferences.

Amendment: Do we want to spell out the role of the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect as the key contact point for potential Gala sponsors?


13.  (Article VII, sec. 4 (F)) Language: least two (2) members, including a Past VRT Chair or Executive Committee member.

Amendment: Again, I propose the language "except under extenuating circumstances"


14.  (Article VII, sec. 4 (F)) Language: Special or Ad Hoc Committee may be appointed by the Chair of the Round Table in order to execute occasional or short term VRT business. All such Committees shall be appointed for a designated purpose and/or a specified period of time.

Amendment: If Ad Hoc Committee's include the (online) Media Production Group, I propose we formally call it a Standing Committee and the Chair be a member of the Executive Committee.


15.  (Article VIII, sec. 4 (F)) Language: The VRT Chair shall appoint VRT Liaisons with other ALA Divisions, Sections and Round Tables when/where appropriate. Liaisons to other organizations may also be appointed at the Chair's discretion. Liaisons from other organizations may also be received by the VRT Chair but will have no voting rights.

Amendment: There appears to be a special relationship with the IFLA Audio Visual group as VRT serves in some kind of nominating capacity for membership of that group. Do we want to explicitly call this out?


16.  (Article X, sec. 3) Language: The Treasurer shall monitor all VRT finances and report the status to the Executive Committee and membership on a semi-annual basis.

Clarification Sought:  I was under the impression this monitoring was required annually.  If it is not, then is it imperative the Treasurer be present at every meeting?  Do we need to amend the Treasurer responsibilities (either for monitoring or required conference attendance)?


17.  (Article XI, sec. 1) Language: These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of members voting at any Annual Meeting or by ballot, provided the amendment has been proposed by the Executive Committee, a committee authorized by the Executive Committee, or a personal member of the Round Table, and has been sent in writing to the Secretary and mailed to each member at least thirty (30) days before the Annual meeting or by the counting of the vote. Amendments to these Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon certification of the election results.

Amendments: "by ballot" should perhaps be clarified to mean electronic voting?; “mailed to each member” - I propose we allow for an online election system of some type to ratify Bylaw changes. It is not clear if we would actually have to mail out the vote to request this switch to online voting!!  Conversely, mail could be interpreted as e-mail.


18.  (Article XI, sec. 2) Language: These Bylaws shall be consistent with the Bylaws of the ALA (Article VII) and require amendments whenever the ALA Bylaws are changed.

Clarification Sought: What is the protocol to insure they are consistent with ALA? --Contact Danielle.


19.  (Article XIII, sec. 1) Language: Publications shall be free to all VRT members in good standing.

Amendment: "and/or open to the public as determined by the Executive Committee."


20.  (Article XIII, sec. 2) Language: The Committee shall seek out and use established as well as new and emerging forms of communication to reach current and future VRT members.

Amendment: Do we want codify any of these forms of communications?





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