Re: [Videolib] A&E in libraries

Pat Shufeldt (
Thu, 18 Sep 2003 13:09:05 -0400

As a former public librarian and as a church librarian, I would be reluctant to
put money into any videos with generic covers unless there was already expressed
demand. Continued marketing is essential in both settings, and that is very
difficult if you don't have any assistance from the vendor. When funds and
space are limited, they need to be spent on those items which will receive use,
not titles which may be high quality but will stay on the shelves.

I've also purchased occasional personal copies of good video titles from, but not recommended them for public library purchase because they
had generic Amazon covers with no descriptive information. Example: A WOMAN'S
TALE, directed by Paul Cox. There is absolutely no information on the cardboard
cover which describes the content. Unless a potential viewer already knows
about the film or some of the people associated with it, there is no reason to
check it out.

Pat Shufeldt
Greenville, SC

Mike Tribby wrote:

> Dear CW;
> In recent weeks our crack team of sales professionals have told us that
> libraries are no longer eager to purchase A&E videos. They attribute this
> to the lack of color covers. Apparently their contention is that generic
> covers inhibit sales regardless of content. This seems strange to me because
> when I peruse local public library collections, as I often do, I see lots of
> A&E videos, though sadly not all of them were purchased from QBI. Is our
> sales staff's shared perception correct? How do video librarians (not just
> in the public libraries) feel about this? Strangely (to me anyway) we sell
> an awful lot of Showtime "family" selections, which seem to me to resemble
> live-action Disney product without the gritty reality the Mouseketeer crowd
> usually provides.
> Mike Tribby
> Senior Cataloger
> Quality Books Inc.
> The Best of America's Independent Presses
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