VRT Events at ALA Annual 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It may still be cold where you are today, but things are bound to look brighter this June when thousands of information professionals from all over the country will be converging on sunny Orlando, Florida. ALA Annual 2016 will be a place to learn, share ideas, meet old friends, and make valuable new connections.

With panels on film programming, media preservation, video tutorials, streaming video, and publishing opportunities for media librarians, there will be something for everyone. The ALA Video Round Table has a 2016 lineup that you won’t want to miss:

139475 Further Down the Alphabet—Embracing B Movies! (co-sponsored with PLA). Can you recite the titles of every Oscar-winner, while finding yourself at a loss in the face of patron requests for movies about mutant vegetables? Never fear! This program will help you handle these requests with confidence. Come explore the world of B, C, and D movies to find films your patrons will love.  Saturday, 6/25, 10:30-11:30am

139491 Section 108 VHS Preservation: A Collaborative Database for Due Diligence on VHS Videotapes in Academic Libraries (co-sponsored with PARS/ALCTS). Section 108 of U.S. Copyright law permits preservation of VHS videotapes but requires that a reasonable effort be made to discover the distribution status of each title. If that sounds daunting, don’t despair. This presentation will introduce you to a new database designed to help. It is possible to preserve the VHS in your collection while staying on the right side of copyright law. Come learn how. Saturday, 6/25, 3-4pm

139484 Academic Library Streaming Video Revisited: Key Findings from the Follow-up Survey. The latest research available from this ongoing study reveals remarkable changes that will help inform academic librarians and administrators in planning and developing streaming video collections and services in a rapidly changing environment. This talk will tell you everything you want (and need) to know about recent trends in library streaming video collections. Saturday, 6/25, 4:30-5:30pm

139505 Creating Effective Instructional Video: From Collaboration and Design to Assessment. The demand for distance learning is growing exponentially, which means that the need for engaging online library instruction has never been greater. Come hear three experts offer their advice on creating—and assessing—top-notch video tutorials. Sunday, 6/26, 1-2:30pm

139533 Publishing Opportunities in Media Librarianship: A Panel Discussion. Do you want to publish but feel as if you could use some inspiration and advice?  This panel of accomplished authors and editors will be offering their tips for both experienced and novice writers. Bring your questions! Sunday, 6/26, 3-4pm

Also: Don’t miss the chance to meet friends (old and new) at the VRT Mixer, held at Ra Sushi and sponsored by Kino Lorber Edu. The Friday night party runs from 6:30-9:30 on 6/24. (Read more about the restaurant here: http://www.rasushi.com/orlando/)

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

VRT 2016 Programming Committee