Where are today's video libraries?

Having been integrated into the multimedia library as a whole, audiovisual documents (videocassettes or DVDs) have now become familiar to the public. It is a situation that functions well; the collection as a whole is usable and the rate of turnround is important. If the public's demand is particularly for new media, the work of the video librarian in providing assistance and organisation allows for a valid selection of films, reflecting a clearly defined policy of acquisition and the objective of favouring the discovery of creative works. This free choice has sometimes made it difficult to recognise the necessary requirements even within the profession itself. In the real-life context of the leisure industry and of the new technologies, however, their role remains more than ever of relevance.