Concerning the policy question, our *informal* policy is to go with VHS =
unless the professor specifically asks for DVD. The main reasons are =
those that you already mentioned. Also, since so many documentaries are =
not yet available on DVD, the collection will remain VHS driven anyhow. =
Frankly, most of our professors are ambivalent about format, as long as we =
get the title in the collection, so it simplifies matters to stick with =
VHS until the tide turns with documentaries. Not very progressive, =
perhaps, but I find it to be the most efficient use of resources. (Even =
so, our DVD collection IS growing steadily).
LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager of Educational Films
USC Film Library
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3. Lastly, a policy question...We are considering changing our collection
policy such that when a choice between DVD and VHS is available, we will
opt for DVD, including faculty requests. Of course there will be those
who might complain since they prefer VHS because that is in their comfort
zone. The complaint I anticipate will be that most faculty who would want
to preview films at home may only have access to a VCR. Has anyone
tackled this issue?
All replies are welcome!
Many thanks and apologies for the multiple questions!
Kimberly Hale, Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection Development=
Library, Columbia College Chicago=20
624 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605=20
(312)344-7355(voice) / (312)344-8062(fax)
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