RE: [Videolib] Digital materials and library collections

M. Claire Stewart (
Wed, 28 May 2003 07:58:24 -0500


Here's what I think would be an ideal situation for the transition to
all digital in multimedia library collections (film/video and

1. Buy digital = buy digital, as in: buy, own, have the ability to
hold locally, not pay to access
2. No licensing. No shrinkwrap licenses, no license to access, no
special terms for use, and NO "digital use licenses" in addition to a
title purchase.
3. No digital rights management (DRM) enforcement of any kind

This leaves aside the PPR issue, which I consider to be separate, and
which really needn't change in an all digital scenario.
Apologies for the delay in responding; I'm reading in digest mode.


>Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 15:57:32 -0400
>From: "Lisa Irwin" <>
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>Subject: [Videolib] Digital materials and library collections
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>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)

M. Claire Stewart
Head, Digital Media Services
Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center
Northwestern University Library
(847) 467-1437
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