Re: DVD Info

LeeAnne Krause (
Tue, 22 Aug 2000 09:02:33 -0700 (PDT)

We've already started a small collection (about 110 titles) at our university, which is a relatively large sized institution. However, the vast majority of our patrons still feel more comfortable with vhs, and only a few really care about the improved picture available on DVD. Besides this, I think some institutions are hesitant to jump into DVD, if they had already invested much in laserdisks. To top it all off, it doesn't seem like any documentary distributors will be going the DVD route any time soon. So I guess what I'm saying is, if your patrons aren't clamoring for DVD's, it may not be necessary to make the investment in the collection yet... Just my 2 cents.

LeeAnne Krause
U. of South Carolina Film Library

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Greetings to all,
We are currently investigating the possible establishment of a DVD
collection (as an addition to our existing video collection). Does
anyone know where I could find more information on the current status of
DVD at academic libraries, in particular smaller and medium sized
college libraries? Has the DVD format now found wide-spread acceptance,
or are most libraries still waiting for an increase in patron demand and
a greater variety in available DVD titles? For those that already carry
the DVD format, what are your experiences?
Thanks for any insight,

Peter Rieseler
Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Hartwick College, NY
Fax: (607) 431-4457