VRT events at ALA Annual Conference 2008

Anaheim, CA, June 26-July 2, 2008

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Program: Ding Dong the V(HS)itch Is Dead ... Or Is It?

  • Date & Time: Sunday, June 29, 2008, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    NOTE NEW LOCATION: Marriott Anaheim Salon A-D

The ALA Video Round Table and ACRL Media Resources Discussion Group are pleased to announce this joint program.

Librarians working with media are preparing for the looming obsolescence of VHS and a switch to digital television and high definition formats. Many libraries house sizable VHS collections, even as they collect new titles on DVD and prepare for high def and digital delivery. Librarians are grappling with difficult format transition questions, and many VHS titles may be impossible to re-acquire as DVDs. What preservation and access reformatting will U.S. copyright law allow? As library users upgrade their personal equipment to prepare for the February 17, 2009 switch to all digital over-the-air television transmission (DTV), what will be the impact on library services and collections?

Speakers will discuss the work of the Section 108 Study Group ( final report), strategies for evaluating existing collections, briefly discuss video and moving image preservation and reformatting and the transition to digital formats, and provide an overview of the DTV transition and library voucher programs.


  • James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University and a member of the Section 108 Study Group
  • Howard Besser, Professor of Cinema Studies and Director of New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP) - Presentation: Issues with Circulating Video Collections
  • Carrie Lowe, Director, Program on Networks, American Library Association Office of Information Technology Policy

VRT Meetings

Copyright Best Practices for Media Librarians Working Meeting

  • Date & Time: Friday, June 27, 2008, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: Hilton Anaheim in Conference Rm. 4
    For more information please visit the working group page on the VRT wiki.

Membership and Executive Board Meeting

  • Date & Time: Monday, June 30, 2008, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Disneyland Hotel in No. Exhibit Hall Mtg. Rm. I

Meeting Agenda for ALA Annual 2008

Notable Videos For Adults

  • Date & Time: Monday, June 30, 2008, 1:30 pm - 05:30 pm
    Location: Hilton Anaheim in Conference Rm. 1

VRT Dinner

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