ASL Video Collection Showcase on World Language Day
By Fang Gu, Library Media Center, Head

The Library Media Center displayed its new video collection of American Sign Language (ASL) as part of World Language Day on Saturday, April 30, 2005. An information booth and TV monitor was set up at the library entrance from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate the ASL videotapes and corresponding books from the collection. Betty Ronayne and Fang Gu arranged this activity with the help of TJ Gorton, Rubby Hampton and Carol Gebel. The ASL video distributor provided an attractive flyer and supplementary materials for the showcase.

This opening celebration for the ASL video collection was a success with good attendance throughout the day. Many interested people from the community and a lot of CSUS people came by to see the videos, take handouts and ask questions. 32 people took time to sign our attendance sheet and many wrote favorable comments, e.g. "This is a great gift to the community"; "Definitely a need"; "Great video on baby sign language"; and "With this collection I can further enhance my skills."

There are a total of 315 videos in the collection, 200 of which are children’s literature videos obtained through the State Department of Education and the nonprofit organization of ASL Access provided the rest of the collection. Fang Gu has submitted a grant proposal to apply for funding from the Library Services and Technology Act for digital format video conversion so that the children’s literature ASL videos may eventually be viewed via Internet.