VRT Events at ALA Annual 2017

Below is the VRT schedule for the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Questions?  E-mail VRT!

Events are open to all except where otherwise indicated.

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

7;00 - 9:00 pm, Sunday, June 25

Join VRT for drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed by a presentation from Abina Manning, Director of Video Data Bank and Curator of a collection of over 1,400 tapes created by members of the Videofreex, one of the country's earliest radical video collectives. This dynamic multimedia presentation at the renowned Siskel Film Center will include rarely seen gems from the Videofreex archive featuring interviews with leading counter-cultural figures of the 1970s. 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!"
ALA Ticketed Event http://2017.alaannual.org/ticketed-events
Tickets are limited; we encourage you to register early!


(Free with ALA Conference Registration)

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

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Sunday, June 25

Learn how academic, school and public libraries can help transform users from passive consumers of media into content creators. Attendees will be guided through key aspects of creating a thriving video production space, coaching users with effective instruction, and showcasing projects to promote and inspire more participation.

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

10:30 am - 11:30 am, Saturday, June 24

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. What are best practices for preserving, sharing, consent/privacy considerations and cost management? Attendees will learn strategies they can assess against needs at their home institution. 

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

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 24

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. The presenters will cover: planning and implementation, shortcuts, tips on what types of content work best, recording and editing the audio and video, accessibility, assessing traffic and impact, and how to create a video team. Learn why your library should create and post online videos!

Community Partnerships and Digital Literacy through Public Service Announcements

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 24

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.  Carson City Library in Nevada partnered with the Carson City School District to help high school freshmen create 60-second PSAs that raised awareness of social issues at their school.  We are delighted to have representatives from the Carson City Library and School District to talk about their experiences and share tips.

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

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 24

One of the greatest challenges for librarians working with media 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 text analysis software with reserves, survey, and interpersonal correspondence data.

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

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday, Sunday 25

Panel will discuss organizations acting as both archives and distributors of moving image materials. Wood will focus on Kino Lorber’s restoration process for the “Pioneers of African-American Cinema” project. Bonfanti will speak on preserving the medium of motion picture film exhibition and her work at Canyon Cinema. Chapman will offer a less traditional model of distribution with Chicago-based Media Burn Archive. 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.