Weighing in on Insight

Deg Farrelly (DEG.FARRELLY@asu.edu)
Thu, 12 Sep 2002 12:49:50 -0700 (PDT)

I too was holding my tongue, but since others have spoken up I will too.

We also buy from Insight as a last resort when we are unable to identify the
source distributor of a listed title.

This identification is sometimes difficult to do as the Insight catalogs
frequently list items under a modified title (sometimes slight, sometimes
entirely different), and the summary information, while providing a good
abstract, does not include other key information that specifically
identifies the title, such as producer.

Additionally, source distributors, such as Films for the Humanities, will
work with you for duplication rights, digital or other transmission rights,
replacement copies at reduced cost, etc. BUT only when you buy the titles
from the distributor (such as FFH) who can verify you have a legal copy.

This is NOT to say that Insight copies are not legal, but that the source
distributor does not have the record of your purchases. (For example, 2
years ago when we were adding "public performance rights" notation to our
catalog records, FFH was able to generate for us a list of every title we
purchased from them.

Price is not the sole issue in making a purchase decision. Service after
the sale has value too.

My $.02

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Media/Communications Studies/Women's Studies
Arizona State University West
P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
Phone: 602.543.8522
Email: deg@asu.edu