Video treatments as info lit

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The Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center houses a collection of poet/recording artist Tupac Shakur’s papers, including video treatments (Free, 2011, p. 510).  This news made me curious about what goes into a video treatment.  My investigation led me to an information literacy lesson.

The Lonnquist article  has some useful information.  Take note of the section entitled “Step three: The approach.”  The embarrassing example of the inappropriate approach (¶ 3) demonstrates how much we need to consider our audience when communicating information.  ACRL (2000) Information Literacy Standard Four covers this very point.

Obviously we can think of examples other than video treatments.  All the same the video treatment is a timely lesson in this movie and music awards season.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education.  Retrieved from

Free, D. (2011). News from the field. College & Research Libraries News, 72(9), 510-513.

Lonnquist, J. (1997, December). Treating your video right: How to create and use a video treatment. Videomaker. Retrieved from