The making of The digital evolution of the Library Video (A personal reflection)

I decided to do the cultural institution questions about the library. There are a few reasons for this. I believed at the time it would be easier to get permissions to film and interview people. I also saw a road I wanted to follow, in regards to the research involved.

Very early on I contacted quite a few libraries to ask one, if I could film inside and two, could I get an interview. Without naming names, the task was exceptionally difficult, as I learned libraries and cultural institutions as a whole are exceptionally procedural. One of the biggest libraries after about 16 emails back and forth were willing to supply a staff member to answer my questions. I make contact and it turns out, the contact I had been conversing with hadn’t told her I’d be filming her. So she later refused. Another library coordinator, who is responsible for around six libraries put infant of my ten conditions. I had to supply insurance, letters from the university. It was all too much with a deadline looming to which I needed to start putting my video together. So enter Deakin, again I contacted the library after a few emails exchanged with a few different people. I was about to get Marina on camera, who offered up many interesting insights for my project. I had originally hoped to film at the “big library” and have 2 interviews to juxtapose differing takes on similar issues. But alas that wasn’t to be.

What I have learned from attempting to get permissions for a project are as follows:
Prepare a brief, separate to an email which contains the following
Synopsis of your project.
Who is the project for?
Where will the project be screened or used?
A spiel about you and who you represent.
A sampling of the questions you’re going to ask.
How long will the filming take?
Where do you want to film?

I found by sending more general emails not formatted in a professional brief, information was passed over, miscommunication was prevalent. One administrator said and I quote “ I don’t get it” Send me a synopsis. I thought I had clearly played out the question that had to be answered. But alas you live and learn, how you see things is not necessarily how others do.˙

I come from a background editing news, I was handed scripts and the vision to cut with. The process of doing all the steps myself was welcomed but slightly overwhelming to. I had to develop new processes. What I did was divided the video into parts. After filming the interview and clipping it up, I developed my argument around what things came up in the discussion.
I was given feedback on my first assignment the quotes didn’t flow with my text. So I made very sure my interview grabs, quotes, and text built on each other.
My other issue was in obtaining enough visual material to make the piece visually interesting. I had to not only shoot some overlay, but I also had to dig very deep through online creative commons archives. This really tested my research abilities. I used youtube, Flickr, state and national libraries and different archives to obtain what I needed. For my scholarly research, I used Deakin’s Library online, as well as google scholar. I had to experiment with search terms to find what I was after.

Did digital technology save the Library? Well, it was never in danger. What I took from this assignment was that digital pushed a very old stuck in its ways establishment, to modernise and become relevant. What I took from this assignment was that this 2.0 theory can be applied to almost everything from education to the web. It applies across many different cultural institutions as well.

Interview with Marina Minns Deakin University Library

2nd interview was from CC British library video referenced below.

All music created by Greg Orr unless otherwise referenced.

Rubin, R., 2017. Foundations of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition. 4th ed. United States: American Library Association.

Maness, J, (2006) “Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and its implications for
Libraries” Webology, 3 (2), Article 25.
Available at

Fabunmi, A, Ayodeji Fabunmi, B , Paris M 2006.
Digitization of Library Resources: Challenges and Implications For Policy and Planning.
International Journal of African & African- American Studies, [Online]. 5, 2.
Available at: [Accessed 17 January 2018].

UT Libraries: Online Tour –
Top 10 Things to Know About the Library s
Under creative commons license

Newspaper resources State Library w
Under creative commons license

Building a Digital Resource on Gulf History – My Work at British Library
Under creative commons license

University of Wisconsin Library (1929) Under creative commons license

Digitizing of collections Under creative commons license

Marvellous Melbourne Spenser C 1910 Under creative commons

Sons of Australia march Under creative commons

Megan Amara, (2007), bookshelves [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 22 January 2018]. Accessed under creative commons

Google Logo Public domain/creative commons

Published byGreg Orr

I am a traveler. I am a video editor having worked in broadcast television. I love films, different cultures, theatre reading and wide and varied music types. I adore my mac . I love my Fuji X pro 1 camera . I dream of one day living in england permanantly.

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