The video collection at Chicago Public Library's central library is
currently under mandate from the administration to weed approximately
half its educational VHS tapes - nearly 13,000 videos - and instructed
to replace them all with DVD, or just get rid of them. We have tried to
explain that many (most?) of these are not available on DVD, and due to
the factors mentioned above, may never be released as such. Obviously,
some companies like PBS Video are releasing their best sellers as such,
but it has already been mentioned on this list that "Eyes on the Prize"
is one essential title which may go out of print for reasons of
cost-prohibitive clearances. The larger, more commercial/high-profile
companies are not really the problem; it is the more specialized
publishers that are my concern. Will we ever be able to replace
California Newsreel titles on DVD, for example?
I am desperately trying to defend a heavily used collection that is
nowhere near being obsolete, so any documentation from outside sources
would be appreciated.
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
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