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May 5, 2010

White Paper on the State of Moving Image Collections in Libraries

Overview: This white paper is a report on the state of moving image collections in libraries, and highlights issues of stewardship, obstacles to change, and possible solutions for these legacy collections. Derived from a series of focus groups (one with Library Deans and Directors, and others with audiovisual collection managers and with preservation specialists) and over two dozen in depth interviews with working professionals on the challenges faced by moving image specialists in libraries, the report is intended to provide library Deans and Directors with:

  • *A review of the state of legacy moving image collections in libraries

  • *A summary of noteworthy findings from our interviews with academic and research librarians working with moving image collections

  • *The implications of these findings for academic and research institutions broadly, and library Deans and Directors in particular

  • *Research areas warranting further investigation.