Home movies and the value of information

8 mm film projector
By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Last summer I had some 8 mm. home movies digitized.  The process brought home–Pun very much intended!–how information has value.

The Information has Value frame notes the “skills, time, and effort needed to produce knowledge” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Information has Value section, Dispositions subsection).  I will retain the term “knowledge” here because I needed to convert the film to know what was on it.  The people who converted the films to DVD rightly charged for the service.  That I could pay for it marks my relative privilege.

Related to the issue of privilege is the issue of access (ACRL, 2016, Information has Value section, Knowledge Practices subsection).  I only had the films in the first place because 8 mm. technology had become available to the masses (Szczelkun, 2000, p. 95), including my parents.

Of course the true value was surprising my brother with a copy of the DVD.  I also plan to play my copy for some cousins who know the people in the movie.  Szczelkun (2000) even notes the importance of the viewing ritual (p. 96).



Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website : http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Szczelkun, S. (2000). The value of home movies. Oral History, 28(2), 94-98. Retrieved from http://www.ohs.org.uk/journal/

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