DVD selecting

Michael Boedicker (mboedicker@juno.com)
Fri, 24 Mar 2000 12:45:40 -0800 (PST)

Our (medium-sized public) library is planning to add DVDs to the collection
this year. I'm wondering if I should only buy titles we don't own on tape,
or allow for some duplication (and if so, how much?). Our video collection
is small (about 900 features and 1100 nonfiction videos), and so for
economic and space reasons I want to minimize duplication. Also, it's
probably safe to say that 99% of patrons who own DVD players still have
their VCRs and could borrow the VHS (though the tape will lack the bells and
whistles of the disc).

On the other hand, I can see patrons who don't own DVD players (the vast
majority of our users) gritting their teeth if certain titles are only
available in DVD.

I'm doing a 2-week survey right now to determine how many of our patrons own
DVD players or are planning on buying one in the next year. But the results
still won't answer the above questions. How have other list members
addressed these problems?


Mike Boedicker
AV Director, Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123