2016 Professional Development Information


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Keynote Address: Eric Schwartz

6:00 pm - Edinburgh Hall

Eric Schwartz is a partner in the entertainment law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp L.L.P. He served in the U.S. Copyright Office from 1988-1994, as a senior policy attorney and as Acting General Counsel (1994).His current practice is focused on domestic and international copyright law, counseling clients on new technology and traditional rights and ownership issues, as well as providing counsel on transactional and litigation matters. His clients run the gamut from major motion picture producers, record labels, videogame, book and music publishing clients, to individual authors, documentarians, artists and photographers. Mr. Schwartz has a long-standing interest in film and recording preservation issues. He helped to found and is a Board Member of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Opening Morning Session: Jonathan Band

Copyright, Fair Use and Film

9:00 am - Edinburgh Hall

Fair use has received much attention in the news lately--Google's successful fair use defense in Oracle's $9 billion copyright infringement action of the Android API, as well as the Google's victory in the Google Books case involving the digitization of 20 million books. What do these developments mean for the film industry and educational uses of films?

Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the PRO-IP Act, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and other federal and state statutes relating to intellectual property and the Internet. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions; he has filed numerous briefs on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance.


Announcements & Lightning Rounds - Getting to Know You

1:00pm - Mirror Room

Summary: Sarah McCleskey, Chair of the Board of Directors of The National Media Market, will present announcements regarding events and NMM news. After the announcements she will facilitate the lightning round session by presenting a set of topics for discussion ... each limited to 10 minutes!

Sarah McCleskey is the Head of Access Services at Hofstra University since 2004. She manages circulation and reserves, copyright, ILL, stacks, periodicals, and the Film and Media Library. While completing a master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sarah worked in the Rare Book Collection as a grad assistant. She later worked in the Music Library at UNC, while pursuing her MLS. Subsequently, Sarah directed the architecture library at Clemson University for 7 years. Sarah lives in Astoria (Queens); when she is not geeking out on library stuff, she enjoys visiting breweries and distilleries to taste craft beer and small batch bourbon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Filmmakers Panel

9:00am - Mirror Room

Summary: Filmmakers Panel featuring Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV). WIFV is dedicated to advancing career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. This panel will focus on successful educational distribution of video content.

Gandhi Brigade Presentation

1:00 pm - Mirror Room

Libraries are quickly becoming centers for digital media creation. Patrons without access to high speed internet or high performing computers and media equipment are utilizing these tools to create high quality videos, graphic designs and music. 

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, an after school program based in Montgomery County, MD, is collaborating with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) to lead media education programs for middle and high school students throughout the system. This session will introduce you to Gandhi Brigade Youth Media's model of engagement, its relationship with MCPL and will feature some of its award winning work. 

Evan Glass is executive director of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media. Prior to leading the nonprofit organization, he was veteran CNN journalist, covering Congress, national politics and was an on-the-road producer for the 2008 presidential campaign. He has also worked as a strategic communications consultant working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Memphis City Schools. He is also a civic activist in his community just outside Washington, DC.

Digital Video Summit 3.0: Look How Far We've Come

6:00 pm - Mirror Room

Summary: In Spring of 2010, at the Higher Education Digital Video Summit in New York City, key concerns included vendor provision of MARC records, development of flexible pricing models, and copyright and fair use, as institutions migrated video content from hard copy to streaming. Where are we now? Vendors typically provide MARC records, and offer a variety of pricing and licensing models. Many groups have developed best practices for fair use. We have come to expect COUNTER compliant use statistics and transcripts. Where do we go from here? Exhibitors and buyers will discuss current challenges in streaming video, and work together to develop goals for the future. 

This session is sponsored by The National Media Market & Conference

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Finding the Sweet Spot in Film Pricing and Purchasing- Laura Jenemann

9:00 am - Mirror Room

Summary: Many librarians, independent filmmakers and distributors share the same goal: to provide access to ideas which may not be represented in other forms of media. But the problem is, how do we pay for it?  

This session will be both a presentation of the pricing process and a breakout discussion intended to start thinking about new pricing options, especially as libraries move to streaming platforms. Topics to be explored include: what a “public performance right” really means; how distributors and filmmakers develop pricing models; the license and negotiation process at libraries. Following the presentation there will be short guided breakout discussions on pricing questions. The breakout discussions will be led by:

  • Giovanna Chesler, Film and Videos Studies, George Mason University
  • Laura Jenemann, George Mason University Libraries
  • Jeff Tamblyn, Kino Lorber EDU
  • lorraine wochna, Ohio University

Laura Jenemann is the Media, Film Studies & Dance Librarian at George Mason University.  She has previously published and presented on the topic of public performance rights.  Laura is a past Chair of the Video Round Table of the American Library Association and the Notable Videos for Adults Committee.  She is a screener for film festivals, has worked previously on a variety of productions for public access television, and writes about dance.  Laura is a proud member of the Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C. 


 Section 108 VHS Preservation: A Collaborative Database for Due Diligence on VHS Videotapes in Academic Libraries -

Chris Lewis and deg farrelly

1:00 pm - Mirror Room

Summary: Section 108 of U.S. Copyright law permits preservation of VHS videotapes but requires that a reasonable effort be made to discover the distribution status of each title. If that sounds daunting, don’t despair. This presentation will introduce you to a new database designed to help. It is possible to preserve the VHS in your collection while staying on the right side of copyright law.

Chris Lewis has been the Media Librarian at American University (AU) in Washington, DC since 1992, following stints as a Media Specialist at Indiana University, video artist/producer, and advertising copywriter. His responsibilities include collection development and management of the visual media collections as well as research support and outreach to students and faculty. He is also coordinator for the AU institutional repository and the library liaison for copyright matters related to scholarship. Chris and the AU Media Services staff were fervid early adopters of streaming video and more recently have been evangelizing the need for libraries to undertake professional-quality preservation of their moldering videotape collections.

deg farrelly has worked with academic media collections for 40 years. As the media librarian for Arizona State University his primary responsibilities are selection and management of quality media content to support teaching and research across the university’s four campuses and administration of the interface for locally hosting video. He is the author of “Streaming Video” in the book Rethinking Collection Development and Management, and co-investigator with Jane Hutchison in 2013 and 2015 national surveys of academic library streaming video. deg presents frequently on matters of academic media at national conferences, including the National Media Market, the Charleston Conference, Electronic Resources & Libraries, CCUMC, and the American Library Association, and highly attended webinars for Library Journal. He has played instrumental roles in the development of subscription, PDA, and EBA streaming video acquisition models, and serves as a consultant for several video distributors and publishers.


Exhibitors Panel - Ask the Exhibitors: Real Questions, Real Answers

Facilitated by Meghann Matwichuk

6:00 pm - Mirror Room

Summary:  How do our partners select films for distribution? How can vendors collaborate with librarians to promote content to end users? How do vendors approach screenings when they know the advertising organization has not secured public performance rights? Conference registrants can submit questions in advance for our panel of expert exhibiting partners.

Exhibitor Panelist Include:

  • Cinema Guild: Blandine Mercier
  • Passion River: Mat Levy
  • Women Make Movies: Amy Aquilino
  • Ambrose: Allen Dohra
  • Kino Lober: Jeff Tamblyn
  • New Day Films: Alice Bouvrie

Meghann Matwichuk is a media librarian at the University of Delaware Library, serving as the Coordinator of the Library's Film and Video Collection.  Utilizing over a decade of academic library experience with media content, an MS in Library Science, and a BA in Cinema Studies, she provides multidisciplinary support for class integration of media in various formats, from 16mm film to streaming media to video games.  Meghann has held leadership roles in the American Library Association's Video Round Table and has served on Alexander Street Press's Video Advisory Board since 2011. Her professional interests include the intersection of new media and visual literacy as well as the historical value of moving image material.