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Movies and the Library

Brian Matthews at the Ubiquitous Librarian blog has a very interesting posting that is a brainstorm (from an obviously creative brain) of ideas on how to use our video/film/DVD collections to promote the library. There are a lot of good ideas to build on here. They’re mostly couched in an academic or college library scenario but it’s not a huge leap to apply some of these to school or public library environments or to create your own.
Don’t forget that many new and classic film trailers are on YouTube and some of the other streaming sites. Sometimes you’ll have film or play scripts in your archives or the original books or plays in your collection. And don’t forget the film scores in your sheet music or CD collections. Biographies of writers, celebrities, etc. can play a role here too. I still love the idea of Library YouTube FilmFest.
With DVD collections accounting for a good amount of some libraries’ circulation and the interesting higher drop off in older DVD circulation, it would be a good idea to develop some promotion skills in the long tail of our media collections.
We take great care in preserving and collecting the old films of the early days of our media culture. We should be careful to make sure we pay some attention to the objects of our current culture.
Besides, anything to make the library fun, attractive and educational.

Posted on: November 28, 2006, 9:39 pm Category: Uncategorized

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