RE: Discovery Channel

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Sat, 11 Mar 2000 06:18:21 -0800 (PST)

Becky: You were probably treated differently because you are a public
library. Some distributors understand that you don't need public
performance rights, but they think that we do. It's really just a method
for gouging academic libraries.

Gary: We order all the time on a credit card from home video distributors
and have the videos sent directly to the library. I think it's the
purchase order that is the red flag. My only problem with this is that it
gives incomplete records for our financial records; titles are not listed
individually on acquisitions reports. Plus, records aren't entered into
the online catalog when the items are ordered. However, it's a small
price to pay for avoiding being ripped off.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Sat, 11 Mar 2000, Tatar, Becky wrote:

> This is so different from my experience with DC. A few years ago, I tried
> to order the series "Great Books." Baker & Taylor had the series listed,
> but eventually sent notice that these titles were out of print due to a
> rights dispute. Well a few months later, I saw the set in the Discovery
> Channel catalog. I called them to verify the set's existance and ordered
> them right away. The customer service rep couldn't have been nicer. Of
> course, their policies could have changed since then, too.
> Becky Tatar
> Unit Head, Periodicals/Audiovisual
> Aurora Public Library
> 1 E. Benton Street
> Aurora, IL 60505
> Phone: 630/264-4100
> FAX: 630/896-3209
> e-mail: