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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Nassau Library System

Who We Are: The Media Division of NCLA was formed in January, 1989. The division was created to to meet the needs of audiovisual librarians and library professionals whose daily concerns deal with non-print formats,such as: audio cassettes, compact discs, dvd's, cd-roms, films (16 mm), microfilm, microfiche, phonograph records and possible other formats.
What do we do? 

We are comprised of member Media Librarians from Nassau County with diverse backgrounds in public, school, academic and special libraries.  We serve as a support group for audiovisual librarians and a clearinghouse of information about concerns, problems, questions and solutions dealing with audiovisual formats and technology.


Joining the NCLA Media Services Division provides you with the following benefits:

  • An exchange of ideas and problem-solving techniques with fellow media specialists.
  • Access to media-oriented programs with guest speakers and trips throughout the year
2013 Media Services Division Officers
President Grace Palmisano
Franklin Square Public Library
Vice President/ President Elect:

Sharon Rappaport
Manhasset Public Library


Ralph Guiteau
Syosset Public Library

Recording Secretary

Karin Briller
Franklin Square Public Library


Karen Shaw-Widman
East Meadow Public Library

Director Scott Steinke
Uniondale Public Library
Past President Ed Escoffier
Hicksville Public Library

Media Services Division Past Presidents
2012 Ed Escoffier
2011 Michael Simon
2010 Michael Simon
2009 Michael Simon
2008 Mamie Eng
2007 Susan Healy
2006 Rick Fox
2005 Karen Shaw-Widman
2004 Scott Steinke
2003 Michele Zwierski
2002 Mamie Eng
2001 Chris Kulakis

Joseph Genovese (Resigned)
Chris Kulakis & Pamela Levin

1999 Helene Hertzlinger
1998 Pamela Levin
1997 Joanne Harvey
1996 Barbara Sosne
1995 Rose Marie Wilson
1994 Ken Bellafiore
1993 Marie Zarycky
1992 P. J. Koshy
1991 Guy Edwards
1990 Joanne Gerber
1989 Joanne Gerber

2013 Programs & Meetings

Check the NCLA Calendar for details on individual events


Archive of Media Division Minutes

Recommended DVD/VHS Websites
Movie Review Query Engine Gives movie critic reviews from newspapers & periodicals
Facets Foreign films & out-of-the-mainstream videos & DVDs
VideoETA Gives titles for future video/DVD purchases;
when DVDs will be available, & lists by month, popularity, etc.
DVD Demystified The most comprehensive & current DVD information in the exhaustive "DVD FAQ"section of this website
The Digital Bits Very good reviews often 2-4 weeks earlier than street date
DVD Talk Open forums for DVD reviews, advance street
dates, online store reviews, lists of online coupons
DVD File Excellent reviews, 2-4 weeks earlier than street date, updated Mon-Fri; comparative online price guide
DVD Price Search Enables price search including shipping at most online retailers
The Big Picture Touts itself as the "definitive guide" to DVD picture & quality. Reviews movies & equipment in a thorough manner


Last updated: September 10, 2013