Thursday, December 13, 2007

Student Videographers Capture Aspects of Ball State University Libraries’ Mission

The creative energies and talents of student videographers are put to test to create digital stories about the University Libraries.
The project, begun by Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, originated as a student video news magazine about the University Libraries.

“Today, the activity is more to create promotional material about the Libraries that speaks to students in a student voice,” said Dr. Hafner.

“The videos, which are viewable from the Libraries’ Web site, are loaded to YouTube, and they are shown on Channel 57 in Ball State’s residence halls,” said Susan G. Akers, University Libraries’ Marketing Communications Manager. The programs are also shown on the large plasma screens in Bracken Library.

Akers works with the students, sometimes supplying story and content ideas and making sure that they have the materials they require. The students often suggest ideas for stories, too. They then develop story boards and scripts, find actors, videotape, add music, edit, fine-tune the sound for the video, and make certain that fair use is for the use of any copyrighted materials. The students have access to the Libraries Canon XL 1S video camera and editing software.

This semester, Lamar Clark-Gainous, is serving as the University Libraries’ student videographer. He is a senior in the telecommunications program with an option in production. His idea for a recent video, which highlights the Libraries’ large DVD movie collection, came from watching movie trailers.

“I wanted to capture the attention of the viewer and keep it for 60 seconds in order to promote the DVD collection,” he said. See his two videos,

Lamar said the opportunity at the University Libraries has helped him to develop his skills as a cameraman and editor while allowing him to use creativity in a project that actually benefits people. His next project will be a video on customer service at Bracken Library and how to find books within the Library of Congress classification system.

Former student videographers include Sam M. Day, who led the team that won first place in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Student Academy Awards competition. Day worked with Robert C. Chandler on videos for the University Libraries during spring semester 2004. Jon Nicholas Doub, a graduate assistant, produced four videos during the academic year of 2004-2005. To see a selection of video projects produced for the University Libraries, view

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