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VRT's Great Lineup of Video-Related Programs at ALA Annual: now with room assignments!

  • 1.  VRT's Great Lineup of Video-Related Programs at ALA Annual: now with room assignments!

    Posted Jun 17, 2017 01:14 PM

    Greetings Film Enthusiasts and Videofreex,


    ALA Annual in Chicago is rapidly approaching: don’t miss these great ALA Video Round Table programs, running June 24th-25th... now with room assignments!


    Evening Ticketed Event:


    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Location: Off Site, Gene Siskel Film Center

    VRT Gala: Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World

    ***Tickets are limited: please order soon!***

    Ticketed Event: Member $25; Non-Member $30

    Join VRT for drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed by a presentation from Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager at Video Data Bank, a collection of over 1,400 tapes created by members of the Videofreex, one of the country's earliest radical video collectives.   In conjunction with this event, all ticket holders will be invited to preview the feature length documentary "Here Come the Videofreex!" online, courtesy of Cinema Guild.  This event coincides with the VRT and Cinema Guild co-sponsored "Now Showing @ALA" program screening of the feature length documentary "Here Come the Videofreex!" on Sunday, June 25th at 11:00 am in room 181c in the West Building of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

     For more info:



    Daytime Programs:



    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Video as Research Data:  Challenges & Solutions in Video Data Preservation

    (Co-sponsored by ACRL ANSS, ACRL DCIG and ALCTS Digital Preservation Group)

    Location: McCormick Place, W175a

    Videos are often taken as a part of scholarly research projects, yet this presents challenges for librarians who advise researchers on federally-mandated data sharing and storage. Participants will learn workflows they can assess against needs at their home institution. For more info:


    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30PM

    Filming Our Future: Growing a Video Production Niche in the Ak-Chin Indian Community

    (LITA Program, co-sponsored by VRT)

    Location: McCormick Place, W185bc

    For the past seven years the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library has found a niche in the community using the power of film and in 2016, the library’s Movie Club program was selected as one of YALSA’s Top Ten Summer Learning Programs. Learn how to make a positive impact in your community using film and creativity. For more info:


    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Community Partnerships and Digital Literacy through Public Service Announcements

    (Co-sponsored by PLA, YALSA)

    Location: McCormick Place, W175c
    Libraries are increasingly finding ways to help their school-age patrons to communicate creatively and make a positive impact in their communities through video projects.  Representatives from the Carson City Library and School District share tips from their experiences helping high school freshmen create 60-second PSAs that raise awareness of social issues at their school. For more info:


    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Rocking the Small Screen (Without Losing Your Mind): Planning and Managing Library Promotional Videos

    (Co-sponsored by PLA, ACRL LMOIG)

    Location: McCormick Place, W175a

    Video on the web is one of today's hottest social networking trends, but what can online videos do to promote your library? A public library and a university library will both share what they have learned and how realistic expectations can bring success. For more info:


    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    How Are Our Instructors Truly Using Media? A Multifaceted Approach to Developing Departmental Course Media Use Profiles

    Location: McCormick Place, W175b                            

    One of the greatest challenges for librarians working with media collections is deeply understanding the use of these materials in course context. This program will describe a multifaceted approach to this challenge that combines mining large corpora of departmental syllabi using NVIVO text analysis software with reserves, survey, and interpersonal correspondence data to build departmental media resource use profiles. For more info:


    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Preservation Showdown: Audiovisual Edition!

    (ALCTS Program, co-sponsored by VRT)

    Location: McCormick Place, W184d                             

    Two teams will go head to head to debate the statement "The preservation of analog audiovisual media is the single most important preservation issue facing libraries (and archives and museums) in 2017." Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Video Round Table (VRT), bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion. For more info:


    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Create, Communicate, Captivate: Inspiring Media Production in Your Library

    (Co-sponsored by LITA)

    Location: McCormick Place, W175c

    Learn how academic, school and public libraries can spark creativity and transform users from passive consumers of media into content creators and active participants in their information environment. Join us as we guide you through key aspects of creating a thriving video production space and coaching users effectively to create amazing multi-modal works which can be showcased to promote and inspire more participation and increase support for high-impact programs. For more info:


    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM;

    AMIA@ALA Distributing Archives: Preservation, Restoration, and Access

    (Co-sponsored by AMIA, The Association of Moving Image Archivists)

    Location: McCormick Place, W181c

    Panel will discuss organizations acting as both archives and distributors of moving image materials. Attendees will learn about the challenges for media content providers that are also caretakers of their holdings; the difference between preservation and restoration of moving images; and the importance of preserving motion picture film and the projection experience. For more info:



    Now Showing @ALA:


    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 11:30AM - 1PM (Film Screening)

    Now Showing @ ALA: Here Come the Videofreex! (2015)

    Location: McCormick Place, W181c

    Directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, 78 mins, co-sponsor Cinema Guild

    Here Come the Videofreex! gives a first-hand account of a little known group of innovators, the Videofreex, a group of passionate young men and women in the 1960s who changed the nature of journalism through the power of portable video, forging a legacy that has evolved to become today's all-access media environment.  Don’t forget to get your evening tickets for the VRT Gala, “Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World”

    For more info on other film screenings at ALA Annual 2017, including Agents of Change and Long Story Short, check out the complete Now Showing@ALA schedule.


    Can’t wait to see you this summer!

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