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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Market I Go!


To the 36th Annual National Media Market that is! Yes, collection managers and cinephiles, it’s that time again to head to Charleston, South Carolina, November 8 -12, to preview hundreds of educational & documentary films from over 40 distributors, attend daily professional development sessions, and to be awestruck during Market Mania.

“The National Media Market (NMM) was established to provide an opportunity for producers and distributors of educational media to show their new releases in the most convenient, cost-effective way to a large number of buyers in one location. Conventional trade shows and exhibits did not provide the personal interactions and focus desired to accomplish this goal.”

Unlike some conferences which can leave you feeling like a fish out of water, the NMM brings together like-minded individuals who share your same interests. No more having to traipse across large campuses, or visit numerous hotels.  The NMM provides an intimate and personable environment ripe for saying hello to old friends, meeting new colleagues, and developing one-on-one professional relationships between buyer and vendor.  Vendors are extremely friendly, helpful, and reputable.  Vendors will work within your budget to provide access to the latest quality independent, and studio-produced  films, and filmmakers.

There are so few opportunities for public and academic media librarians to meet-and-greet, and to discuss media-related hot topics.  However, you can count on the NMM to provide a unique environment in which all topics are media-centric to include the latest technological advances applicable to media librarianship. As a person who has attended the NMM for the past 14 years, I highly recommend that you consider attending the NMM next week. See you there.

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