Curating a Collection of Circulating Technology

A library’s collection is integral to its mission. So why is it so common to treat the collection of cameras and other technology as “finished” after the initial purchase instead of curating them as we would books and other AV materials? This session brings together four librarians who apply their collection development skills to these materials resulting in living collections that grow with their patron base. From mainstays to experiments, thinking of A/V equipment similarly to the rest of the library will keep a collection fresh and functioning for years to come.

The event is finished.


Oct 08 2021


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm




  • Emily Thompson
    Emily Thompson
    Director, Studio, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    Originally from Montana, Emily got her BA in Theatre from Drake University. After spending several years working as a costume designer and director, she moved to South Korea to teach English. She then moved to Taiwan before heading to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to get her MSI in Library and Information Services. Prior to UTC, Emily was the Learning Technologies Librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego.

  • Eric D. M. Johnson
    Eric D. M. Johnson
    Head, Innovative Media, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Eric Johnson is the Head of the Innovative Media department for Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, where he manages of a state-of-the-art, library-based multimedia studio and makerspace called The Workshop that opened under his guidance in late fall 2015. His previous experience includes work as head of outreach & public services in the Scholar’s Lab at UVA Library and in librarian and social media positions at Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello. His research interests include creativity in libraries; communicating scholarship through creative technologies; information sharing among creative people; museum and library history; and hospitality theory as applied to libraries and museums. He has an MA in US History from George Mason University and an MSLIS from Florida State University.

  • Jason Evans Groth
    Jason Evans Groth
    Digital Media Librarian for Learning Spaces and Services, North Carolina State University

    Jason Evans Groth is a Digital Media Librarian at NCSU Libraries. As part of the Learning Spaces and Services department he helps to support the eleven audio and video production suites and several other high-tech creative multimedia spaces. He earned his MIS/MLS from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in May of 2013. At IU he was the graduate assistant for the Media Preservation Initiative from 2012- 2013, an Assistant Archivist at the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive from 2010-2013, the graduate assistant for the Digital Library Program at IU from 2011-2012, and a teaching assistant for the classes “The History of Rock and Roll: 70s and 80s,” “History of the Beach Boys,” “History of Frank Zappa,” “History of the Blues,” and “History of Jimi Hendrix.” From 2001-2010 he toured the world as a guitar player and with many bands and artists, including Magnolia Electric Co, Jens Lekman, and The Impossible Shapes.

  • Vanessa Rodriguez
    Vanessa Rodriguez
    Head, Creative Studio, University of Miami

    Vanessa Rodriguez is a Librarian Assistant Professor at the UM Libraries. As the Head of Creative Studio, she provides instruction to the UM community in multimedia software, hardware, copyright, design, and emerging technologies like extended reality. The Creative Studio is an audiovisual multimedia lab that serves as a resource and interdisciplinary learning environment for the UM community. Vanessa is also the librarian liaison for the Interactive Media department in the School of Communication and manages the library collection in those materials as well as the Graphic Novel collection. She is also a part-time Lecturer in the School of Communication where she teaches an Introduction to Visual Design course.