low circ of nonfiction videos in public libraries?

Mike Boedicker (mboedicker@hotmail.com)
Thu, 21 Feb 2002 10:39:23 -0800 (PST)

The recent question about weeding "The Constitution: that delicate balance"
partly because of low use left me wondering in general about low circulation
of nonfiction videos in public libraries. Our MacArthur video collection,
wonderful though it is, circs. very little despite lots of in-house
promotion. We've seen a general reduction in NF circs in the last year or
so, but a significant increase in feature film circ. A sales rep for Unique
Books told me he's seen this trend in most other public libs. in the
Midwest. Have other Videolib public librarians experienced this? Our video
collection is half features and half NF, an eclectic collection in both
categories, but sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get patrons to take out
NF, even with displays and good selections like Maysles Bros. docs, Ken
Burns' Jazz, 42 Up, etc. in addition to lots of instructional and travel
titles. Any comments would be appreciated!

Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
mboedicker@hotmail.com
http://www.danville.lib.il.us

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