Re: low circ of nonfiction videos in public libraries?

Paul Duckworth (
Thu, 21 Feb 2002 11:41:05 -0800 (PST)

My library has nine branches and serves a population of 200,000+.
Videos are extrememly popular here. There is heavy use of the
791.43s, the theatrical release "movies." Beyond that, greatest
interest, in this order, is: exercise, fitness, travel, health,
National Geographic, foreign films, PBS, AAE, war, plays, opera.
We chose to stay away from the MacArthur collection, due to cost
and limited audience appeal.

We do not attempt to be a competitor to local video rental stores,
other than in children's entertainment, classics, and major
Academy Award winners.

I can be more specific if you'd like to contact me off the list.
Hope this helps.

Paul Duckworth
Collection Development Coordinator
Springfield-Greene County Library (MO)
417-874-8120 x223

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Mike Boedicker" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 10:39:14 -0800 (PST)

>The recent question about weeding "The Constitution: that
delicate balance"
>partly because of low use left me wondering in general about low
>of nonfiction videos in public libraries. Our MacArthur video
>wonderful though it is, circs. very little despite lots of in-
>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
>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
>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
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