Re: video selection policy

Randy Pitman (vidlib@videolibrarian.com)
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 11:37:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Elizabeth,

I guess I'm beginning with two (possibly incorrect) assumptions: 1) That
print selection is done by professionals trained in print selection (and, by
extension, video selection should be as well) and that 2) Patron demand is
not the sole criteria governing acquisitions (if that were true, you could
turn over all acq. to one page who could read reserve slips and phone in
orders to the vendor of choice--who needs a librarian?)

Randy Pitman
Publisher/Editor
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270
vidlib@videolibrarian.com

----- Original Message -----
From: Elizabeth Malia <emalia@ewu.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: video selection policy

> Randy is right, but I am curious to know how he answers the library
management
> who say Videos are just like books, and therefore don't need a separate
effort
> or even a budget line/allocation for videos--that demand by patrons will
answer
> all needs. Just my 2 cents.
>
> Elizabeth Malia
> EWU Library
>
> Randy Pitman wrote:
>
> > Hi Ellen,
> >
> > I agree with Jessica. One of the best arguments you can make for
diversity
> > in video collection development is by pointing out the wide variety of
> > titles in the print collection. The day the library starts offering only
> > prize-winning books, it might as well stock up on WD-40 for the
> > soon-to-be-rusty front doors. Why should video collection development be
any
> > different (and I would pose precisely that question to the library
director:
> > "what would be the rationale for having inconsistent collection
development
> > policies across various formats?") Unfortunately, a number of non-video
> > specialists strongly subscribe to the myth that Blockbuster and
Hollywood
> > serve all video needs (aside from the fact that they carry very little
in
> > the way of non-theatrical or non-fiction besides Whitney Houston music
> > videos, Big Blue and its retail gorilla cousin--especially in smaller
> > communities--pass on a number of worthwhile titles). That's why we have
> > video librarians :)
> >
> > Randy Pitman
> > Publisher/Editor
> > Video Librarian
> > 8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
> > Seabeck, WA 98380
> > Tel: (800) 692-2270
> > vidlib@videolibrarian.com
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Jessica <jesskino@redconnect.net>
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 9:35 AM
> > Subject: Re: video selection policy
> >
> > > Wow with that criteria you could get all those "great" films that won
The
> > > Blockbuster awards, the MTV awards and of course the AFI lists. I
assume
> > the
> > > only books in the library are Pulitzer, Newberry and Nobel prize
winners.
> > >
> > > Good Luck
> > >
> > > jessica rosner
> > > ----------
> > > >From: "Ellen" <edruda@suffolk.lib.ny.us>
> > > >To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > > >Subject: video selection policy
> > > >Date: Fri, Jun 30, 2000, 4:27 PM
> > > >
> > >
> > > >Does anyone have one written out somewhere?
> > > >
> > > >Here's why I ask: my director wants only "major award winning
films."
> > This
> > > >is probably one of the dumbest criteria for selecting movies and I
would
> > > >like some literature to help me make my case. Everytime I think
about it
> > I
> > > >get mad.
> > > >
> > > >Help me, oh giant media brains! Feedback, please.
> > > >
> > > >Ellen
> > > >:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
> > > >Ellen Druda
> > > >Media Librarian
> > > >Half Hollow Hills Community Library
> > > >Dix Hills, NY
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
>
>
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