2017 Professional Development Information

Sunday, October 22, 2017

3:00 - 6:00 pm     Workshop

In this dynamic workshop, nationally recognized experts will teach you basic skills for managing copyright and audiovisual content in the educational environment. They will discuss pressing challenges that libraries face in providing audiovisual content to users. The interactive question and answer session will give you an opportunity to raise concerns and get expert feedback.  Moderated by Winifred Fordham Metz (UNC Chapel Hill).

  1. Fast-Track Your skills: What every librarian must know Tucker Taylor (U of South Carolina) will present the basics of copyright and video content – learn about right of first sale, the classroom exemption, the TEACH Act, fair use, and more. 
  2. Crucial Issues, Possible Solutions Will Cross (NC State)  and Kyle Courtney (Harvard) will discuss challenges librarians encounter every day: streaming rights, access, direct-to-consumer licensed content and other issues.
  3. Crazy copyright! – bring your most burning questions Kyle, Will and Tucker will take your questions and lead this informal discussion session.

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:00 - 2:00 pm  

Keynote Session

Elena Rossi-Snook (NYPL) highlights the legacy of Bill Sloan and the history of media librarianship. Elena is the film archivist for the Reserve Film and Video Collection at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. This session is sponsored by Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:30 - 10:15 am     Panel Session

Opportunities Amidst Disruption

Identifying opportunities amidst digital disruption: How can librarians meet the challenge of providing direct-to-consumer licensed content for our users? Can we work with large content producers such as Netflix and Amazon when public performance rights are required? How can we preserve this growing body of content? Kyle Courtney, Will Cross, and Kristin Cooney of ro*co films will be among our panel of experts. NMM Board Chair Sarah McCleskey will moderate.

12:00 - 2:00 pm     Panel Session

Rights and Disruptions

Join Will Whalen, Vice President of Licensing for Alexander Street, as he leads a discussion focusing on the challenges that rights (and DRM) pose for content providers as well as users. By crowdsourcing input from panelists and attendees, we will brainstorm strategies for effecting positive change for both providers and users. This panel is sponsored by Alexander Street Press.

5:30 - 6:30 pm      Professional Development Session

Pairings.  Documentaries and entertainment films are often seen as worlds apart, but they often cover similar ground.  In this program we will discuss various documentary and entertainment film “pairings” which, when viewed together can educate, entertain and expand your appreciation for each art form.  We will also recommend resources that you can use to create your own pairings. Kati Irons Perez, Pierce County (WA) Library System and Conan McLemore, Seattle Film Institute, present a session on viewer's advisory.

7:00 - 9:00 pm        

Optional tour: Open Signal (Portland Community Media)

Wednesday, October 25,  2017

8:30 - 10:15 am     Panel Session

Marketing audiovisual content to library users.How do you reach your library patrons to highlight what’s new and exciting in the collection and to try to maximize use of your films?   Do you have adequate budget and time to promote your media collections?  Do your distributors support you in these endeavors?  Join us to hear ideas from three academic library professionals, including sample activities and success stories involving partnerships with campus departments and student groups.  Receive tips for how you can promote your streaming media and DVD collections, even with low - or no! - budget, and whose help you might solicit along the way.   Susan Albrecht, Lisa Hooper, and Cindy Badilla-Melendez will present.

12:00 - 2:00 pm     Professional Development Session

Portland Brew Stories.   Erica Findley of the Multnomah County Library (Portland area) tells the fascinating story of how the MCL assembled a comprehensive collection of digital materials related to one of the Portland area's most important and defining industries. The story of Portland brewing includes neighborhood breweries with a tradition of bringing the community together. Brewers have a collaborative approach to sharing their passion with their neighbors and friends (just as libraries do when connecting our community with information). Learn how MCL collaborated with these brewers and the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive to create an online collection that celebrates the community's beer culture.  To learn more about the library program, click here.


“I have been attending NMM for many years, and I can easily state that it is essential for anyone connected to educational media who wishes to learn of the latest and greatest. Getting to know fellow media librarians, distributors and filmmakers has been professionally invaluable and personally rewarding. There is a strong sense of community with the market, and new attendees will feel particularly welcome. Professional development programming has gotten stronger every year as media content, storage and delivery has evolved. I recommend the NMM!”
- Jeffrey Pearson, University of Michigan