RE: "A Gift of Love" (was: Sybil)

Linda Stevens (
Tue, 3 Dec 2002 08:34:15 -0800 (PST)

Our library's scope is somewhat broader than strictly the history of the
American Motion Picture. We have collected several of these television DVD
sets (Sopranos, Sex and the City, All in the Family, and, yes, Friends) and
they have all been very popular with the public library customers. I just
think of it as using the same selection criteria I would use for a motion
picture to choose something from television. Although, we certainly don't
purchase television products in comparable amounts, so I guess my guideline
is fuzzier than I thought.

Linda Stevens, Media Specialist
Harris County Public Library
8080 El Rio
Houston, Texas 77054

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Carol Dunn
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 10:09 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: RE: "A Gift of Love" (was: Sybil)

True enough. But, I always tell my patrons that we are collecting the
history of the American Motion Picture--not TV. In addition, we collect
Foreign Films with subtitles only, not dubbed. We do have a TV section with
videos like I Love Lucy etc., but you could spend the entire budget on it.
How about this new thing on DVD where an entire TV season is on sale? We do
not collect in this area, does anyone out there buy this stuff? Where do
you draw the line? Therein lies the problem.
Carol Dunn
AV Manager, NT Administrator and Webmaster
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Telephone: 419.422.1712
Fax: 419.422.0638

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Anne Bulin
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 9:22 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: "A Gift of Love" (was: Sybil)

At 08:55 PM 12/2/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>But nowadays, I doubt that any of these tv films would be made
>commercially available. It seems that the market has changed. I notice
>that a few splashier efforts like the recent Judy Garland film bio ME AND
>MY SHADOWS saw the light of day. And of course, a good deal of the
>Hallmark Hall of Fame series eventually was released. But whereas before
>things seemed hit or miss, nowadays, TV product is pretty much
>miss. Which is kind of a shame, seeing as even the worst theatrical
>movies (even the biggest commercial and critical duds) see VHS release (is
>that pattern changing with DVD, I wonder?).

It's funny that the opposite seems to be happening for non-network TV
stuff. Videos and DVDs of things like Merlin and Lathe of Heaven (from TNT)
are being sold practically before the film has even stopped airing. Lathe
of Heaven was some serious drek, in my opinion.


Anne Bulin, Technology and A/V Coordinator
Barrington Public Library
401-247-1920 x316
Fax: 401-247-3763