We need a full-time UHM Video Librarian
We urge UHM administrators to reappoint a full-time video librarian. The Wong Audio Visual Center's collection is one of the most useful educational tool available to faculty in both their research and their teaching. In particular, this collection contributes enormously to improving undergraduate education. We know that it is simply not feasible to replace the important and excellent work done by the previous Video Librarian through reliance on new technologies and arrangements such as streaming or private video services. This is because most of the videos used in a university environment are not legally or financially available in streaming format. Most home videos, such as the titles on Netflix, can only be streamed to individuals. They cannot be made available to an entire university for an affordable fee. Streaming rights for educational videos are increasingly available, but are priced (on a year-by-year basis) beyond the means of most university libraries. For faculty and students wish to have access to the best of moving images, they must still use DVD’s. While the Library is making an important, yet gradual, effort to stream Hawaiian, Pacific and old Asian titles that are not available commercially, this in itself will not be useful for most instructional activity. In short, the video collection and its availability to all will suffer immeasurably from the lack of a video librarian. We urge to you immediately begin a search for a full-time Video Librarian at UHM.