Canadian Audio Visual Trust

I can't just post even a little blurb I find without having a mini-rant attached (but what else are blogs for?) so here goes…

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a place to disseminate information like this to the entire program?  Yes, we have a mailing list that goes to all students and faculty but I always feel guilty if I use it for something that's not connected fairly directly to the program. To me, that means I'll send an announcement about the Lunch Bucket series but this blurb doesn't pass the test.  Of course, everybody's definition of what's appropriate is different. 

Although I hate opt-out trickery in general, this might be one place where it could be appropriate.  The Department could create a duplicate list to the other master one with all students and faculty that's for off-topic messages.  Then allow people to opt-out if they don't want to get extra e-mails of this type.  (You could make the second list opt-in but I have a strong suspicion that about six people would join it which would defeat the purpose of having it.) 

I also have an idea for something Student Council could try but now that I'm on Council, I'll save those ideas for the meetings (told you there'd be a lot less criticism of student council on the blog! )

And now that my mini-rant is longer than the blurb I wanted to post, here you go…

Vanishing Media Call for Submissions
you know of
a TV show, film or audio recording that is lost forever? Then the
Audio-Visual Preservation Trust would like to hear about it. The
AV Trust has made a call for submissions for its upcoming book,
“Vanished Media.”

“Vanished Media” will examine 100 pieces of Canadian media that are no longer available. The aim of
the book is to stress the importance of preservation of Canadian cultural works. Submissions are to be less than 1,000 words and
can be sent via e-mail to

For more information about the AV Trust, visit

(via Access Copyright e-newsletter)

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    The reason you are so apprehensive about posting the listserve is that email is a push technology, and since some people receive dozens if not hundreds of emails each day–many of which are important and many which are very unimportant–using push technologies carefully is very important. A bulletin board would suffice, or even a wiki. If they wanted something with a slight bit more push, they could feed an RSS off of a wiki/blog/bulletinboard, so people still receive the info but can deal with it seperate from their _critical_ email. [crossposted with alterations to ]

    Posted 28 Jul 2006 at 11:57 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I think you and I would remember to check a message board or a Wiki regularly but many students wouldn't. There's also an issue of critical mass – those types of technology don't work until you have a certain number of people actively using them.
    The Student Council housing blog is a perfect example – not a bad idea (a Wiki might've been better, a searchable database would've been best) but lack of use has all but killed it. Same with the CLA Student listserv (even though it's a push technology.) But if nobody's using it, there's no value in it.
    RSS might be a compromise but I wonder how many people in the program use RSS readers? Maybe some would start if we learned about them in 505. But we were too busy learning how to save a file instead.

    Posted 29 Jul 2006 at 1:08 am

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