[Web4lib] Video projects

Robert L. Balliot rballiot at oceanstatelibrarian.com
Thu Jun 3 18:47:49 EDT 2010

Thomas -

I am sorry that your institution invested in paper weights and you are
having to cancel academic journals. But, that really does not have anything
to do with a high school Librarian trying to set up a working video editing

The specialized products I mentioned represent about a $2,300 street value.
The software is usually available at a greatly discounted rate with
academic/ educational pricing.  So, with an existing PC and upgrading RAM
for around $100, the total cost could be as low as $1000.

That represents the cost of creating video/studio editing capabilities at a
fairly sophisticated level - far exceeding the flip camera method being
compared.  The technology available at a relatively low cost, especially
with academic/ educational software pricing means inexpensive high quality
video capability is within reach of most educational institutions now.

That was my point about value. Creating perceived value is one of the ways
to increase the library budget. Video is a great way to create that
perception.  Whining about academic journals and how you bought the wrong
equipment, not so much. :)

Robert L. Balliot (For the Alliance!)
Skype: RBalliot
Bristol, Rhode Island

-----Original Message-----
From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org
[mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Thomas La Foe
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 4:53 PM
To: Doug Bancks; web4lib at webjunction.org
Subject: Re: [Web4lib] Video projects

I would also like to briefly address Robert's comment, "That certainly is
the most economical thing for libraries and librarians to do for themselves,
especially if their skill level will only support that. But, is it the best
value for students?" There are other departments on campus who allot many
more funds for the purchase of "higher-end" video equipment and software,
but here in the library it is very hard to justify the purchase of video
equipment that maybe 200 students per year use when academic journal
subscriptions are being cut left and right.
Hope this info helps. If you have any other questions about our set-up
please let me know.
Thomas La Foe
Instructional Technology Specialist
Instructional Media Center
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-6781

>>> Doug Bancks <DBancks at fairmont.k12.mn.us> 6/3/2010 8:24 AM >>>

If you have an effective system for shooting and editing video in your

that works for student/patron projects I would appreciate hearing about it
in some

detail. What hardware and software have you found to work well? How do you
manage computer security and video downloads?


Doug Bancks
Library Media Specialist
Fairmont Jr/Sr High School
900 Johnson Street
Fairmont, MN 56031
dbancks at fairmont.k12.mn.us<mailto:dbancks at fairmont.k12.mn.us>

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