RE: Video collection development

Gary Handman (
Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:40:24 -0700 (PDT)

I don't think it's a matter of "getting burned"--I think it's a matter of
the materials not circulating: a considerably different thing. Movies
always sell themselves (at least pop current stuff); everything else takes
aggressive marketing, advocacy, a strong commitment to providing
bibliographic access.

A collection that uses price points as a collection development tool is
dropping the ball. User communities are almost always diverse; collections
need to follow suit. What that means is building a collection with a wide
diversity of topics, viewpoints, and approaches to the medium. You can't
pull that off with mass marketed video alone...

In my book, one insightful and inspiring (albeit costy) independent work
worth a truck load of bland, faceless mass market schlock... If I were a
public librarian, I'd have enough trust in my clientele to believe that
they'd feel the same...

At 11:58 AM 4/11/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>RE: Video collection development
> From another public library: we usually don't = get expensive titles. I
> bought a few when I had selection duties, but = got burned on a coupla
> Bullfrog titles that were about $200 apiece and = got checked out forever
> soon after we acquired them. We have a = high loss/disappearance rate (I
> think). This is *not* a machine problem. =
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jaeschke, Myles [<= /A>]
>Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:19 AM
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: RE: Video collection development
>I echo Kris' thoughts here. I am from a public = library, and agree that
>there are fantastic titles out there that are = expensive. Do not limit
>yourself to the under $30.00 selections. Your = customers will thank you!
>Myles Jaeschke
>Tulsa City County Library
>I'm sure the public librarians on the list will weigh = in with their
>suggestions about how to deal with the cost issue, = but I urge you to set
>aside some money for truly exceptional titles that = are more expensive.
>It's the only way to assure that your users have = access to the best in
>video programing. And, as you point out, they = won't be at your local
>video store. You're the only game in town for = these programs.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000