Scott Spicer

Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian

Library Academic Programs/Physical Sciences and Engineering; 341 Walter Library

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My name is Scott Spicer and I serve as Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian for the Libraries. In this role, I am head of Media Services, a unit dedicated to supporting the development of student media literacy skill sets, and promotion of deeper subject knowledge and meaningful, authentic learning experiences through the integration of media resources and student-produced media into curriculum.

Media Services -in collaboration with SMART Learning Commons/campus partners- provides the following services:

  • Outreach consultation to faculty in developing, assessing, and coordinating support for student-produced media assignments.
  • Coordination of media production equipment access and hands-on media production support in the Walter/Wilson Library SMART Learning Commons.
  • Customized class visits to discuss media projects. Example topics: quality production process and composition, accessing production equipment and support in the SMART Commons, copyright/fair use, library research, media resources, and use of production software - equipment.
  • Support for instructional media resources. Example media resource support services include: recommendations of local and freely available media resources (video, image, audio), reserving films, and integrating media into Moodle.
  • Guidance on copyright/fair use and media (often in collaboration with Copyright Librarian).

Research interests:

  • Innovative uses of media production to support teaching and learning.
  • Convergence of digital media, technology, user practice, and library services in the Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Emerging models for media outreach, media literacy support, and library media services - centers.
  • Innovative learning spaces in academic libraries.
  • Role of previous experience, self-efficacy, and student-produced video.
  • New models for distributing media (i.e., streaming video).
  • Innovative search and discovery of media resources.
  • Copyright and media use in higher education.
  • Future of mass media and new media business models.


M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - Learning Technologies ("LT Media Lab"), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, Dominican University (River Forest, IL)

B.A. Child Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Selected Presentations & Publications

MA Thesis: "The Relationship Between Digital Storytelling Creation and Self-Efficacy Beliefs on Media Production Skill Sets in First Year College Students" (University Digital Conservancy)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Johnston, L & Spicer, S. (2012). Tech Expo and TechShops: A model for emerging technology education for library staff. Journal of Library Innovations.

Spicer, S. (2010). A Framework for Developing a Media Resources Support Program. CCUMC College & University Media Review.

Selected Presentations
Scott Spicer. “Media Literacy for Libraries 101: What it is, the University of Minnesota Model.” Presentation at the Technology in Libraries Conference at Macalester Conference, March 15, 2012, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Scott Spicer. “Utilizing Crowd Sourcing Methodology to Develop a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Image Resource Guide for the University of Minnesota.” Presentation to the ACRL Images Resources Discussion Group at the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 25, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Scott Spicer, Danielle Wren, and Rudy Leon. "Connecting to the Campus Through Creativity: Libraries, Media, and Knowledge Production," Panel presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, March 31 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nancy Sims and Scott Spicer. “Debunking DMCA – DVD’s & Digital Devices,” Presentation at the regional Midwest Library Technology Conference Macalester College, March 17, 2011, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Scott Spicer, Debra Mandel, and Shelly McCoy. “Leading Successful Student Media Production Services: Different Models, Perspectives, and Recommendations,” Panel presentation at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers Conference, October 10, 2010, Buffalo, New York.

Scott Spicer, deg Farrely, and Jane Hutchinson. “Three Models for Streaming Video, One Year Later,” Panel presentation at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers Conference, October 15, 2009, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Selected Professional Service
Chair Elect - Chair of the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) (2011-2013).

Editor of the Video Round Table Newsletter (2011-present)

Steering Committee Member – Technology in Libraries Conference at Macalester College (2008-present).

National Research Project Contributions
Invited participant on the IMLS grant sponsored, Moving Image Specialist project, a project of New York University Tisch Film School, February 5, 2011 in New York City. Provided video testimony and promotional advocacy on the growing audiovisual preservation needs of academic librarians and potential placement of moving image specialists. Continued with further focus group testimony on April 1, 2011 in Philadelphia with colleagues from peer institutions. View NYU interview video online

Invited participant to contribute expertise at the Video At Risk Forum, November 17 – 19, 2010, hosted by New York University (NYU). Video At Risk is a 2 year Mellon funded collaborative study between NYU Libraries, NYU Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program, University of California Libraries – Berkeley, and Loyola Libraries (New Orleans), charged with researching and documenting a range of copyright-fair use, technical, and policy issues related to long term preservation and access to VHS content in the circulating video collections of research libraries. Project outcomes include developing solutions and establishing national guidelines and best practices. Participation is ongoing for FY 11’-12.

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