VRT (Video Round Table) RoundTable
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
VRT Dinner: (Restaurant to be selected) 7:30 pm - ?
Please consider joining us for a fine evening of eating and the opportunity to meet up with friends, both old and new. (You need not be a member of VRT to attend, but a passion for video is a must! ;-) Our vendor friends are also very much welcomed.
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
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!
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 (email@example.com).
Media Outreach Librarian
Immediate Past Chair, Video Round Table
University of Minnesota Libraries
| 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).
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)
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
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.
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;
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:
- (Article V, sec. 2) providing voting rights to students (who are now technically non-paying members).
Additional items of note may include:
- Explicitly stating that the VRT covers both fixed media collections as well as media creation.
- Number of members required for various committees, number of Executive posts held simultaneously, number of members required for quorum
- 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?
Video Round Table (VRT) – Executive Board Meeting
January 27, 2014 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 304
2. Additions to Agenda
3. Approve Minutes from ALA Annual 2013
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. MidWinter Wrap-Up
a. Notable Videos for Adults Awards – Julia Churchill
b. Digital Media Discussion Group – Benjamin Franz
c. 2015 Annual Programs Ad-Hoc Discussion Group - Laura Jenemann
6. Nominations – Scott Spicer
7. Multimedia Production Discussion Group – Shelly McCoy
8. Membership Committee - Matthew Windsor
9. Communications Committee - Brian Boling
10. VRT Newsletter: Resume or….? - Anthony Anderson
11. Webpage – Andrew Horbal
12. By-Laws Revision – Scott Spicer
13. 2014 Annual Programs
a. PreConference - Howard Besser
b. “Leading Successful Media Production Services in Academic and Public Libraries” – Scott Spicer
c. “Video Librarianship 101”- Elizabeth Myers
14. Liaison Reports
a. IFLA – Howard Besser
b. AMIA – Chris Lewis
c. ALA Roundtable Coordinating Assembly – Anthony Anderson
15. 2015 Gala planning
16. Old business?
17. New business?
Here's a list of official VRT Events being held at the Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia:
Friday: January 24th, 7:30 pm
Penang: 117 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Please consider joining us for a fine evening of eating and the opportunity to meet up with friends, both old and new. (You need not be a member of VRT to attend, but a passion for video is a must! ;-) Our vendor friends are also very much welcomed. Please RSVP by January 1st to Laura Jenemann, 703-993-7593.
Saturday: January 25th, 1:00-2:30 pm
Digital Media Discussion Group:
Marriott Hotel, Grand C
The Digital Media Discussion Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas about initiatives and projects concerning digital media in libraries. Examples of issues discussed in the past meetings include digital licensing concerns; new market technologies (such as high definition DVD formats),video gaming and collections; and multimedia production in libraries.
Sunday: January 26th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Notable Videos for Adults Committee [Closed]:
Marriott Hotel, Room 304
Closed judging meeting for the VRT Notable Videos for Adults Committee.
Monday: January 27th, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Membership and Executive Board Meeting:
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 304
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 what the Roundtable can be doing to best serve the needs of the video library community
Stay tuned for additional Midwinter activities of interest to VRT members!