RE: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos

Elizabeth Stanley (
Wed, 26 May 2004 13:12:22 -0400

Jill Baker,

Bullfrog Films offers a growing list of closed captioned titles:

Contact me for ordering information. Thanks for your inquiry.

Elizabeth Stanley
Bullfrog Films

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jill Baker
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:46 AM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos

California Community Colleges are under direction from the Chancellor's
Office to purchase only closed caption videos in order to be in
compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Therefore, we must purchase only closed captioned videos, or agree to
have them captioned out of local funds before they are added to the
collection at our site. It is very hard on the faculty, as they want to
purchase videos to augment their teaching, and most educational titles
are not captioned. Therefore, they have to come up with the money to
caption, which runs about $6/minute. I am hoping that soon all videos
will come with closed captioning, but I think that the big institutions
will need to take the same stand that the California Community Colleges
have taken in order to encourage the distributors to do this. It has
essentially eliminated about 75% of what we would like to buy, because
we don't have the money to caption it. I am interested in seeing what
others have to say on this.
Jill Baker
AV Librarian
San Diego Mesa College

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Herbert, Rue
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 6:53 AM
Subject: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a statement in their
video collection development policy that addresses in any way the
purchse of videos with closed captioning. While we always try to
purchase the cc version (if there is a choice), in some cases titles
from smaller, independent distributors don't always provide captioning.
I've occasionally been surprised at receiving a non-captioned video from
large, well known distributors. I've been asked to include something in
my updated policy, and want to be as pro-active as possible while
remaining balanced regarding the various campus needs and requirements.

Also, has anyone had experience with the OCmaker from ClosedCaption
This product provides a method for producing open captions for VHS
tapes, and indicates being particularly appropriate for existing Library
VHS collections.

Thank you in advance for any input you might have.


Rue M. Herbert
Media Resources
Tampa Library
University of South Florida

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