Re: Video collection development

Gilles Poitras (gilles@exploratorium.edu)
Tue, 9 Apr 2002 16:59:32 -0700 (PDT)

For Japanese animation see my :

Recommended Anime, Manga and Books.
http://www.koyagi.com/recommended.html

which I began as an aid for librarians. The book section includes useful
secondary materials.

Most of these titles are not likely to be found in your local video store.

At 4:36 PM -0700 4/9/02, Kim Crowley wrote:
>I have just taken over the coordination of non-print media Collection
>Development for our Library and the selection of videos (both VHS and DVD)
>for the adult and young adult collections. Having done little collection
>development in the past, I have a huge learning curve to overcome. But
>it's been quite fun!
>
>I am wondering what other mid-sized public libraries do about selecting
>films. Do you have a specific policy that dictates what you buy? Do you
>have a specific dollar amount over which you will not go? I have been
>lurking on this list and looking at lots of great sources for videos. The
>ALA Video Roundtable Notable Videos for Adults has proven a great list.
>But some of the films are very expensive and the person before me had an
>artificial cap of about $29.99 for any film! (I'm probably exaggerating
>a bit.)
>
>If you buy a film for $295 and it gets damaged in a home video machine,
>what do you do? Do you buy a certain number of these more costly films
>each year? Our philosophy is to buy "award winning" films and not get
>into multiple copies of popular titles that could be found at the local
>video stores. I would like our collection to have copies of the more
>expensive films that can't be found at the local video store, but our
>collection development team is not sure I should spend the funds in that
>way.
>
>Any insight you can send my way would be most appreciated. Thanks!
>kc
>
>Kim Crowley, Technology Coordinator
>City of Fort Collins Public Library
>201 Peterson Street phone: 970.221.6662
>Fort Collins, CO 80524 fax: 970.221.6398
>crowley@julip.fcgov.com

Gilles Poitras gilles@exploratorium.edu
Learning Studio, Exploratorium Museum