RE: VHS shifting to DVD collections

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Sun, 6 Oct 2002 11:12:18 -0700 (PDT)

Right now, the majority of our budget at the main library is for vhs. I am
purchasing dvds, but they don't automatically duplicate the vhs collection.
The policy mirrors the vhs, collection however, - the focus of the dvd
collection will be nonfiction. Right now we have about 200 - 300 titles.
It is a very slow moving collection. They are not flying off our shelves.
I don't know what the branches are experiencing. As far as theft - we are
putting all our dvds in security cases that we purchased from Alpha
Security. They take up twice the room, but someone will have to take a
hammer and chisle to these cases to break them open. Everything I read says
that in the next few years, vhs will experience the same thing that records
did - the distributors will refuse to take returns from the stores. Also,
next year, Barnes and Noble is going strictly dvd. We recently had a new
B&N open in our area, and I asked about the vhs collection - I thought that
with a new store, they would go strictly dvd - clerk said next year they
will.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
www.aurora.lib.il.us
E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us