As far as VHS, for any given DVD acquisition we purchase the VHS version if
it's available. From decades of experience in K-12, I know VHS players will
be in schools for the next 10 years at least (unless streaming takes over
entirely of course). We still have 400 16mm films (down from 4000 about 3
years ago)! Another weeding of 16mm will happen this summer and if all goes
well we'll do a fairly severe weeding of VHS as well.
So, next year we'll continue building the small DVD collection, but the
majority of purchases will be on VHS format.
Assuming I have a job... 8^(
From: Daren Callahan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 1:20 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: The beginning of the end?
Can I ask what kinds of purchasing you all will be doing this next fiscal
year? Video? DVD? Will you continue to purchase both? What criteria will
you use? We have a relatively small collection (approx. 10,000 videos)
and a small budget (about $17,000), and we just started adding DVDs in the
last year. Since I had to use my video allocation to incorporate these DVD
purchases, I tried to be selective and ordered titles that were recommended
for their quality or additional material. The DVD presence in the rental
chains has mushroomed in the past year, and, with this latest announcement
from Circuit City, I suppose the trend is clear.
I would find it really helpful if folks would share their plans for
purchasing for FY03.
Head, Cataloging Department
Morris Library, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6632