Re: Archiving/weeding Project

Oksana Dykyj (
Fri, 18 Jan 2002 06:53:18 -0800 (PST)

Occasionally, "everything old is new again" applies to moving images. For
example, a psychology therapy session on videotape may now be no longer the
curriculum's method of choice but course about a History of Psychology
course may want to use the tape to illustrate the evolution of standard
practices. Any educational film from the 1950s may be interesting for some
current cultural studies course.

I know this doesn't help but, I would examine the rarity of the material.
What are the chances of some bigger institution having a print or a copy?
If the chances are that they have it and are likely not to discard it then,
I would feel more comfortable weeding.


At 03:20 PM 1/17/02 -0800, you wrote:
>Hello Videolibers,
>I need your suggestions.
>We are in the process of archiving our 16mm, and weeding our VHS educational
>titles (not feature films or documentaries). Our breakdown is either:
>1) zero use since 1992
>2) scant use before 1995, and zero use since.
>Question: regarding VHS educational titles, how old is too old to be useful,
>e.g., is there any point in keeping a title like, Visual histology: Bone, by
>University of Colorado Health Sciences Center c1989, if has seen zero use
>since 1992? What other criteria should we be considering before we discard
>or mothball video items?
>Thanks folks! Jan
>Jan Abeita, Electronic Resources & Media Specialist
>Eastern Oregon University
>One University Blvd.
>La Grande, Oregon 97850
>~Pierce Library~
>541-962-3780;; fax: 541-962-3335

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