RE: [Videolib] Vendors for Academic Media centers

Bergman, Barbara J (
Tue, 9 Sep 2003 11:43:43 -0500

Your powers-that-be really are clueless aren't they?
Are you really able to get _all_ books from one source? I can understand
saying that you need to see if a jobber has it first, but what do you do
if the title isn't there?

I can use Baker & Taylor or Follett AV (now BWI) for the mainstream
titles, but other than that I go to the actual distributor.
Even if there was a jobber that carried all the major distributors of
documentaries, there are still lots of little operations. For example, I
just ordered a video from a non-profit organization that had a single
title that they were selling.

As for the benefits of shopping around -- Would it help your cause to
show them some examples such as the prices in Insight Media's catalog
versus the lower prices often found in other sources for the same video?

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

-----Original Message-----
From: Laroi Lawton []
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 9:01 AM
Subject: [Videolib] Vendors for Academic Media centers

Dear Colleagues:
With such an extensive overview of people on this listserv, I was
wondering if any of you are aware of any One vendor that a media center
could use to preview and order items from. In a recent move to
streamline efficiency, our business department has asked the library and
media center to attempt to find one vendor for all of our orders. This
has proven successful with the print items but not with our media items.
We use a number of vendors and even shop around for better pricing. For
many years we have used a wide variety of vendors and each time I inform
the powers that be that the range of specialties is too wide to utilize
one vendor, I am told to keep looking. Professional Media was suggested
and called but I have yet to get a phone call back from them on this
matter. Are there any other vendors out there that specialize in this
one shop format?

Any suggestions, or ideas would be appreciated.

LaRoi Lawton, Asst. prof./Director
GSL Learning Resources Center
Library & Learning Resources Dept.
Bronx Community College
Bronx, NY 10453

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