Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Libraries Moving Images, 1960-2012

Scope and Content Note

The Libraries Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and a DVD that were produced to provide library orientation for students and faculty and to promote the libraries programs to potential donors. The motion picture films include a library tour film prepared by KOAC-TV in about 1960 (FV P083:1) and two library orientation films prepared in about 1963 (FV P083:2). A VHS use copy of these three films is available. The films also include 4 reels acquired in 1967-1968 by the OSU Centennial Committee, which was chaired by OSU Librarian, Rodney Waldron. These reels include footage of registration, an Oregon State vs UCLA basketball game, a Charter Day lecture by A.F. Spilhaus, a Choralaires concert, and pharmacy classes.

The videotapes include a 10-minute production prepared for the library fundraising campaign in 1994 [FV P083:4]; videotape footage of a microcomputer lab in the library [FV P083:5]; and a 1973 videotape about the on-line acquisitions system, LOLITA, developed at Oregon State. The videotapes also include three productions prepared to provide library orientation to students and faculty: Using Kerr Library: A Research Strategy, circa 1977; Introduction to Oasis, 1988 (online catalog); and Tour of the Kerr Library, 1992. All of these include footage of library staff, faculty, and administrators. Duplication masters and use copies of all three of these are available. All of the videotapes are VHS format except for the LOLITA tape, which is 1/2-inch open reel.

The DVD is a 2009 production, OSU Libraries: You Make It Happen, prepared for distribution to previous and potential donors to the library.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2010:001) consists of five digital videocassettes containing footage filmed by Library staff of three presentations held in the OSU Library in 2009 and 2010. Two of the events were part of a workshop series on assessment and the "LibQual" survey tool (featuring speaker Deb Gilchrist) while the other is a presentation by John Willinsky on "Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning."

A second addition to the collection (Accession 2010:059) is made up of 8 VHS videotapes documenting events at the OSU Library that include the dedication of the renovated and expanded Valley Library building, the groundbreaking of the Valley Library, a Friends of OSU Libraries Distinguished Achievement Award Ceremony, and a Powerpoint slide show presentation on the history of the OSU Library. The slide show contains no sound and consists of a series of images that includes views of the construction of the Valley Library. Also included in this transfer is a short film produced for the Library Campaign.

A third addition (Accession 2011:079) consists of 12 VHS videotapes containing recordings of presentations organized by the OSU Friends of the Library Docent Group. Most of the presenters are OSU faculty members highlighting the significance of important volumes, collections, and art in the OSU Library. Topics include: the map room, the William Appleman Williams Collection, particular historic volumes in the McDonald Rare Books Collection, and the Library's tile mosaic wall panels. The speakers featured on these tapes include: Don McIlvenna, Benno Warkentin, Michael Kinch, Joanne Perry, Cliff Mead, Michael Oriard, Henry Sayre, Nelson Sandgren, Richard Hermann, Bob Zybach, and Darrold Wax. Announcements and other information about the presentations that were found with the tapes are stored in a folder in the same box as the tapes.

A fourth addition (Accession 2011:088) consists of recordings made by OSU Library staff that document presentations and events in the OSU Library in 1984 and 2011. Made up of three DVDs and one VHS videotape, the 1984 recording (transferred from the videotape to DVD) features Library Director Rodney Waldron talking about the McDonald Rare Book Collection at OSU. The other two DVDs feature recordings of a Library Faculty Association Seminar presentation by Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services Terry Reese and a reception honoring the retirement of Special Collections Director Cliff Mead. The Reese presentation is entitled: "A conversation with the Gray Family Chair." The cd with footage of the retirement reception also contains 39 JPEG images documenting the event. The recordings run a total of 51, 60, and 14:50 minutes respectively.

A fifth addition (Accession 2012:001) consists of a recording on DVD of a lecture presented by Cable Green on "Expanding the Open Agenda." The presentation took place on October 26, 2012 for the Library's "Open Access Week." In addition to the DVD, there is also a cd in this accession containing a MP4 audio file of the lecture.

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