[Videolib] Television series in public libraries

Blane Halliday (bhalliday@collier-lib.org)
Thu, 26 Aug 2004 15:56:59 -0400

Candy & List:

Like you, I've been sticking to the tried & true cable shows (Sopranos, Six
Feet Under, Sex & The City, etc.), BBC, and PBS. As far as network programs
go, I have been extremely selective in my choices: I passed (for the time
being) on titles like 'Friends', 'Will & Grace' and 'Seinfeld' (even though
I've had some requests for these, they're all still readily available in
syndication and are shown multiple times daily in my market). Contradicting
myself, though, I have been keeping up with 'The Simpsons' as the individual
seasons have been released. A few recent TV series I have added: 'Freaks &
Geeks', 'Popular', 'The Awful Truth'.

I hope that helps.

Blane Halliday
AV Acquisitions Librarian
Collier County Public Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, Florida 34109
239-593-3511, ext. 45

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Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 2:41 PM
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Subject: [Videolib] Television series in public libraries

For those public libraries that collect television series:
How are you handling the surge of TV series being released on DVD?

In the past we purchased many TV series for our collection. This wasn't a
problem when there weren't so many available. Now, it seems that every show
ever made is coming out on DVD. We get far too many patron requests to
fill, so I've started only buying premium cable, a few basic cable, and some
PBS and BBC shows.

I'd be interested in hearing how other libraries handle the TV show issue.


Candy Rossin
Collection Specialist
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
phone: 847-870-4310
fax: 847-392-0136
e-mail: crossin@ahml.info

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