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Re Susan Denker's comments on film books:  As a film studies librarian, I
find Susan's comments shocking.  I don't know where she teaches, but any
academic library that only buys five film books a year ought to close its
doors!  I worked in a dinky public library that bought more than that!
Susan and her faculty ought to go directly to the dean or director of the
library and start screaming.  No matter how small the materials budget, you
cannot support an acedemic program with five books per year!  IU is not
UCLA, USC or NYU when it comes to film studies but my budget is approximately
$15,000 per year for books and journals.  I have another budget to buy video.
There's nothing academic library deans and directors respond to more quickly
than rampaging faculty!  So, be vocal! There's money out there...
 
Kristine Brancolini
Film Studies Librarian
Indiana University Libraries
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P.S. A discussion group for film and tv studies librarians in academic
libraries is organizing.  We plan to meet at the annual conference of the
American Library Association in Chicago this summer.  Send me the names of
your film and tv studies librarians and I'll invite them to join us.  Your
library collections could improve...