[Videolib] Television series in public libraries

Gena Zelenka (gzelenka@park-ridge.lib.il.us)
Thu, 26 Aug 2004 16:47:51 -0500

I've just recently added (kicking and screaming along the way) patron requested current(West Wing, Friends-1st season, 24)and past(Dick Van Dyke Show)broadcast TV programs to our collection as well as basic cable(Nip/Tuck)and have since learned they circ very well and are often not on the shelves. In the past I've only purchased BBC and premium cable shows. However, we have serious space issues here and simply can't become a repository for TV programs and will probably stick to ordering those programs most requested. Gena Z.

-----Original Message-----
From: Candace Rossin [mailto:crossin@ahml.info]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 1:41 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
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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