Re: video selection policy

Gregory Callahan (
Tue, 4 Jul 2000 15:10:02 -0700 (PDT)

Hmmm. "Patron demand" still looks pretty singular to me. Sure it has a
collective sense about it, but the verb is 3rd pers. singular "is"; not
"are." My take on it is that after you lump all those individual "demands"
together, you arrive at a collective (but still quite singular) DEMAND (the
"voice of the people"--also a singular concept).

Anyway, Rick was only suggesting that it MIGHT be a better, usage-wise.

But enough of this grammatical hairsplitting. As a public librarian
struggling to develop a collection development policy for AV materials, I
found this discussion to be very helpful and am grateful to all who

Gregory Callahan
Hyde Park Free Library
Hyde Park, New York

>From: Oksana Dykyj <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Re: video selection policy
>Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 11:46:10 -0700 (PDT)
>At 11:44 AM 6/30/00 -0700, you wrote:
> >On 6/30/2000 11:37 AM, Randy Pitman at may have
> >written:
> >
> >> sole criteria
> >
> >Might be better to say "sole criterion."
> >
> >8^)
> >
> >Rick
> >Oregon
>Well, I don't know. Randy said, "Patron demand is not the sole criteria..."
>In this case "patron demand" most probably does not mean the demand of one
>patron, and so the various demands put together would not become the only
>kinds of criteria for decision making. My interpretation of "sole" is that
>it can mean "the only kinds" in this particular context.
>Now on the other hand, someone else wrote: "And if you limit yourself to
>something "major," such as the Oscar, then you're limited to a systematic
>criteria that specifically celebrates..." This is more problematic because
>it really is unambiguously using the plural form of the word instead of the
>Now I guess I'll go check what is palying at the various auditoria around
>Oksana Dykyj
>Concordia University
>Montreal, Canada

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