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Welcome from the Chair
On behalf of our Round Table membership, welcome to the Video Round Table Website! If this is your first time visiting, I hope you'll find plenty of informative material about our group. I encourage you to explore the site, as we have a great deal of resources for the beginning or the experienced media librarian. If you have not yet joined The VRT but are considering it, let me tell you why you should join.

The Video Round Table is composed of Librarians who deal with any and all forms of media as managers, buyers, archivists, catalogers, digital specialists, copyright specialists, and preservationists. We have members from academic libraries, public libraries, special libraries and school libraries. Our members come from all over the nation. We have members from large universities, and from small public library branches. In addition to creating a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to media in libraries, we also educate librarians new to the specialty. The Video Round Table provides a voice in ALA for media librarianship, a voice that is missing from many other ALA divisions and groups.

For those of you new to attending ALA conferences, the VRT is one of the most fun groups to get involved with. We regularly schedule informal dinners at every meeting. We plan an annual Gala whose theme centers around local filmmakers or cinema related topics. We show flms, enjoy an hors d'oeuvres buffet and give out DVD door prizes donated with vendor support. It is always well attended by Librarians, distributors and conference attendees alike. VRT produces a "pocket guide" to media related meetings and vendors booths. Our mentorship program is taking off. The program pairs a librarian new to the specialty or new to conference with an experienced member who can act as a guide or a professional adviser. Our Digital Media and Discussion Group had over seventy attendees at the Seattle meetng.

So please, spend some time reviewing what VRT can do for your involvement in ALA and for your career as a video librarian. Join us or renew your membership today!

- Steve Brantly, Chair of Video Round Table, 2007-2008

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