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Re: [AV Media Matters] Application for Membership to CCAAA

Dear Jim,

As former co organizer of JTS Paris 2000 I am quite OK with what you say on
CCAAA  membership.
Let su see now how they react. Positively, I hope.

----- Original Message -----
From: James Lindner <jim@vidipax.com>
To: <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2001 1:13 PM
Subject: [AV Media Matters] Application for Membership to CCAAA

>Dear Members,
>On your behalf I have applied for the membership of the AV Media Matters
>Listserve to the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives
>Associations. CCAAA is an international organization whose mission is to
>co-ordinate the efforts of various AV Preservation groups. While AV
>Media Matters is a "virtual" organization - the fact is that many of us
>are members of other organizatons that belong to CCAAA - and the fact is
>that we ARE a group - and if nothing else it could at least be useful
>for our members to know of the activities of CCAAA and participate in
>them. If there is a single place in this field that is international and
>multi-disciplined in nature - it occurred to me that AV Media Matters is
>IT! While we don't charge dues - or have "physical" meetings - the
>reality is that we ARE a group (probably the LARGEST group) that has a
>broad membership and interest in this field.
>If nothing else it will be interesting to see how CCAAA reacts to this
>application. I am SURE that they never anticipated this. I hope they
>accept us. Here is my email to them:
>AV Media Matters
>c/o James Lindner
>450 West 31 Street
>New York, N.Y.  10001
>Mr. Karl Griep, chair
>Participating Members
>June 5, 2001
>Dear Mr. Griep and Participating Members,
>As a member of the FIAT Executive Council I was privileged to receive a
>copy of the minutes of your last meeting. I was very pleased to see a
>revision to the terms of membership of CCAAA to now be:
>"Membership is open to organizations whose primary objective is the
>support of professional AV archive activities, and whose membership is
>primarily institutional and international (worldwide or regional)."
>I strongly applaud your adoption of this new policy. On that basis - I
>would like to ask the CCAAA to consider membership of a new
>organization, the AV Media Matters Listserve. Now this is certainly
>something new, and something you may not have anticipated - but what
>could be more appropriate then a "virtual" organization with it's main
>interest being matters relating to Audio Visual Media being a member of
>CCAAA? In fact AV Media Matters as a group is very large - and much
>larger then many current members of CCAAA. AV Media Matters has over 800
>members and is very international - there are members from over 100
>countries. The membership of AV Media Matters is as deep as it is broad
>- with very large pools of expertise in Audio, Video, Film, and many
>other areas. Scientists, Manufacturers, Academics, Archivists and many
>other professions are represented in the group. Our group does not have
>dues, we do not hold annual "physical" meetings - but MANY of the
>members of your organizations are also members of the AV Media Matters
>Listserve - and receive great benefit by receiving a great deal of
>information as well as answers to your questions.
>As a practical matter - you can only expect one "physical" person to
>show up at your meetings - which is me - or another delegate as decided
>by the group - but perhaps most importantly the importance of this to
>CCAAA is that you will now have extremely high visibility and the
>opportunity to have access to much more expertise and assistance then
>you now have. Please do not view this as "an explosion of members to the
>detriment of the working of the CCAAA" but rather a way for the CCAAA to
>have a real and potent voice on an international basis - MUCH larger
>then you have ever had before.
>While I realize that this application is a bit "unconventional" - it is
>a real and official one. Many of you know me or know of me and my work.
>I have been involved in this field for many years and have given a great
>deal of time and effort and have participated in organizations that are
>members of CCAAA such as FIAT as well as others such as AMIA. I
>sincerely believe that it is to the fields great benefit for you to
>allow the membership of our group. Although we are not traditional in
>our organization type - we have a very strong and intelligent voice in
>this field and as a practical matter the information that is shared in
>our group has helped many organizations. While we are "virtual"
>organization in nature - that is no basis to exclude us. And - after all
>- is it not appropriate in a field such as this for CCAAA to truly have
>a virtual member who can assist those media collections that can not
>afford ANY annual meeting or ANY membership. Our information is truly
>free to anyone who has a computer or can borrow the use of one - and the
>expertise found within the membership of AV Media Matters is unmatched
>I thank you for your kind and prompt consideration.
>James Lindner
>Moderator: AV Media Matters Listserve
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