Re: [Videolib] Pricing Question

Holly Sammons (
Fri, 19 Mar 2004 12:54:05 -0500 (EST)

There is no easy, quick answer to this question. It would depend on many
things, demand for a title/topic, how it fits into a specific library's
collection, will it circ? is it a classic? and so on. Collection
development is a complicated beast.

Two factors that are impacting my own collection decisions are the rising
costs of dvds - a title which cost us 15-19$ 5 years ago in vhs, costs $30
today. And related to that are the dwindling public library budgets
-thanks to the republicans in power! These factors are negatively
affecting not only media collections but paper collections too. Public
libraries, at least in NY state, are suffering from massive budget cuts.
We are being forced into re-evaluating our services and collections on all

I WOULD pay $39.95 for Amacord, I probably would be more reluctant to pay
it for a new age/psych title - dependent of course on those conditions I
already mentioned AND Because my library has a well respected foreign
language feature film collection, whereas the demand for psych/new age is
not as great. But at $40 bucks a pop, I'm buying less and less and having
to make very difficult decisions.

Hope this helps?

Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
447 So Salina St
Syracuse NY  13202

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