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Video collection development in multi-type libraries : a handbook
Handman, Gary, 1950-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xxiv, 462 pages ; 24 cm.
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1380 Lexile.
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This professional publication represents the broadest discussion of video collection development in libraries currently available. It provides detailed descriptions and discussions of resources, policies, concepts, and issues central to the practices of building and managing video collections in public, academic, school, and special libraries. Background discussions include the impact of video on society, the role of video in multi-type libraries, and the uses of video to meet special client needs. Also included are extensive listings of print, non-print, and institutional resources to assist librarians and educators in selecting, evaluating, and acquiring both mass market and independent video, as well as more elusive and specialized materials.

This work fills a gap in the professional literature on the topic of video librarianship, giving both theoretical and practical information. Librarians and educators will gain knowledge on developing video collections in different types of libraries, the nature of the video market, and approaches for selecting materials.

Author Notes

GARY P. HANDMAN is Director, Media Resources Center, Moffitt Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Booklist Review

Video collection for libraries is a complicated matter. This new edition of Handman's work can help librarians, administrators, students, and video aficionados make sense of the issues and practices that confront anyone utilizing video for business or pleasure. Twenty-four chapters by diverse experts cover theoretical and practical aspects of video collection, use, and users--including specialized collections, special populations, distribution and licensing, resources for identifying and evaluating video materials, preservation, and the role of the video librarian. One chapter in particular, Debra Franco's "A Primer on the Home Video Market," should be required reading for everyone who has to negotiate the video maze. The future of video collection, including the impact of DVDs, is addressed in the final chapters. --Sally Sartain Jane

Library Journal Review

Librarians adding video to their collections, particularly if they are doing so reluctantly, need to read this book. In this second edition of his 1994 original, editor Handman has compiled a comprehensive collection of experience and insight from more than two dozen librarians on policies, issues, and resources necessary to build useful video collections in school, public, academic, and special libraries. Since much has changed in the intervening years, this update is very welcome. With copyright law and policies in a state of flux, Handman's article "The Rights Stuff: Video Copyright and Collection Development" is particularly relevant. Chapters on video services for users with special needs and on cultural diversity are also well done. Each chapter has a list of materials to assist librarians with the "nuts and bolts" of collecting videos for a particular clientele or purpose. The chapters in the "Resources" section, which cover video reference tools and selection aids, sources for finding alternative media and stock and archival footage, and video and film organizations and discussion lists, contain particularly useful bibliographies. Even experienced media and collection development librarians will find new and helpful information and resources here. This is an essential purchase for all public and academic libraries.-Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Gary P. HandmanWalt CrawfordMichael Vollmar-GroneCassandra M. KeithKristine R. BrancoliniAnita Ondrusek and Suzanne J. CrowThomas R. HarringtonMary Watkins and Kim CharlsonRobert X. BrowningDiana Vogelsong and Christopher LewisRandy PitmanOksana DykyjJeff ClarkJames C. ScholtzBeth Blenz-ClucasGary P. HandmanDebra FrancoJon CecilRebecca AlbitzGary P. HandmanNancy Goldman and Jason SandersHelene WhitsonGary P. HandmanKristine R. BrancoliniRick E. Provine
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Moving with the Image: Some Millennial Thoughts about Video in Libraries and Video Librariansp. xi
I. See Also: The Nature of Video, the Nature of Video in Librariesp. 1
1. "Watch This, It's Good for You": Thoughts on Video and Librariesp. 3
II. The Wide Angle: Video Collection in Multiple Contextsp. 13
2. Public Library Video Collectionsp. 15
3. School Library Video Collectionsp. 40
4. Video Collections in Academic Librariesp. 47
5. The Expanding Domain of Health-Content Video Collectionsp. 76
III. Close Focus: Specialized Collections and Special User Needsp. 111
6. Video Services for the Deafp. 113
7. Accessible Video Services for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impairedp. 139
8. Accessing Primary Source Public Affairs Programmingp. 152
9. Cultural Diversity and Video Collectingp. 166
10. Cinema Collections: Public Librariesp. 184
11. Cinema Collections: Academic Librariesp. 199
12. Preserving the Image: Video Preservationp. 224
IV. Laying the Ground Rules, Picking What Plays: Policies, Criteria, and Methods for Selecting, Evaluating, and Acquiring Videop. 243
13. Developing Video Collection Development Policies to Accommodate Existing and New Technologiesp. 245
14. Some Guidelines for Evaluating Non-theatrical Videosp. 277
15. The Rights Stuff: Video Copyright and Collection Developmentp. 287
V. Behind the Box Office: The Nature of the Video Marketp. 307
16. A Primer on the Home Video Marketp. 309
17. Program Rights, or Answers to the Question, "Why Can't I Buy That Program?"p. 323
VI. Resourcesp. 341
18. Video Reference Tools and Selection Aidsp. 343
19. Screening Differences: Resources for Building Culturally Diverse Video Collectionsp. 356
20. Sources for Finding Alternative Mediap. 378
21. Sources of Stock and Archival Footagep. 396
22. Video and Film Associations, Organizations, and Discussion Listsp. 406
VII. Fast Forward: The Future of Moving-Image Distribution and Accessp. 417
23. DVD: Not If but Whenp. 419
24. Video Collections into the Futurep. 433
Indexp. 449
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 457