RE: VHS shifting to DVD

Trent Nicholas (
Tue, 8 Oct 2002 08:01:52 -0700 (PDT)

For Pat Means' question: We also do not circulate to individuals. We lend
to non-profit organizations across our state by reservation. We have mainly
educational documentary on VHS and 16mm film (and slides) most of which
deals with art and art history. Right now, there is little debate about
shifting to DVD because there currently is very little on DVD in our field.
I have found a few with Ambrose and PBS from whom I have bought some initial
DVDs. I think maybe FFH is starting to put them out, other than the CD-ROMs,
that is, which I guess is now a dead format?
There has been very little interest in DVD from schools, who are our
primary borrowers. Apparently, but for colleges, very few schools have the
budget for a switch to DVD technology (much less, video streaming). It
takes our put-upon schools a long time to switch technologies. I
just hope some of these other technologies I hear about from time to time do
not come along and shove DVD out of the way once it takes hold and everyone
has spent so many precious funds. At the risk of being a fuddy-duddy, I
happen to think movie film was a miracle and then VHS was also. How many
miracles do we need? (I love movie film though I see its shortcomings in a
lending situation.)

T. Nicholas
Staewide Media Resources
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Means []
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2002 4:17 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: RE: VHS shifting to DVD collections

I would like to hear from institutions that do not circulate their
collection to the public. We are a small privately owned liberal arts
college with a small AV budget. Our equipment budget is limited also. We
do not circulate our collection except to professors for classroom use. We
have been thinking about this subject for some time now. If you have a
similar situation I would very much like to hear from you.

Thank you.

Pat Means
Abell Library
Educational Media Center
Austin College
900 N. Grand Ave., Suite 6L
Sherman, TX 75090
(903)813-2395 Office
(903)813-2297 FAX