Archival copies of VHS's

Pat Shufeldt (
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 19:35:17 -0700 (PDT)

Do any of you have responsibility for copies of VHS's which are
designated as "archive" copies, where they are the only known copy owned

by a library? If so, what are your policies and procedures regarding
viewing of these tapes? What would you recommend doing differently if
you were able to implement changes?

I'm particularly concerned about videos of local historical value rather

than commercial films. At present our Local History/Genealogy
collection has no equipment in that department for viewing any of its AV

materials. We're looking into remedying that situation but also need to

deal with viewing requests in the meantime.

Secondly, has anyone begun transferring this type of film to DVD? If
so, did you make the transfers yourself or have it done elsewhere? Any
advice on this type of project? We have a number of oral histories for
which copyright is not an issue. They were interviews of prominent
local people, conducted for the Library. The originals were done on
U-Matic and have already been transferred to VHS.

Pat Shufeldt
Greenville (SC) County Library System