Re: [Videolib] Digital materials and library collections

Becky Albitz (
Tue, 27 May 2003 08:32:54 -0400

Hi Lisa:

Although my career has shifted from media librarian to electronic resources
librarians, I have always seen a strong parallel between the two, and this
question gets to the heart of that similarity. Eventually I believe that
we will be asked to license access to "bits" of images rather than purchase
a video or DVD, and that shift in access models has the same archiving and
perpetual access implications that the transition from print to on-line
journals has caused. Another issue is the potential conflict between
copyright law and contract law. When we purchase a video, we are able to
do all sorts of things with that object, like circulate it, lend it through
ILL, sell it, destroy it, etc. When we license access to the same content,
many of these rights may be taken away through restrictions in the contract
we are asked to sign. I don't even want to think about the pricing
implications, especially for a University as complex as Penn State!

I hope that if the digital access model really begins to take off in the
video world, that distributors and librarians will take into account all of
the lessons learned and being learned from the digitization of scholarly
journals, and talk with each other!


At 03:57 PM 5/23/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear VideoLibbers,
>As members of a LIS course multimedia focus group, we are interested in
>comments from professionals working with multimedia materials regarding
>how a shift from analog-based to digital-based materials affects library
>collections. Specifically, how do you anticipate that your collections
>will be able to incorporate digital video and digital audio? What are the
>implications of a trend toward access to bits rather than ownership for
>library collections and patron services? How do you envision multimedia
>collections and services changing in the coming decade relative to
>advances in technology?
>Any thoughts and comments will be gratefully received! (Feel free to
>respond off-list if you feel it would be more appropriate.)
>Lisa Irwin (
>(on behalf of the Multimedia Focus Group, Internet Resources course at
>Wayne State University)
>Videolib mailing list

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