[Videolib] Television series in public libraries

Cartford, Peter, JCL (CartfordP@jocolibrary.org)
Thu, 26 Aug 2004 17:43:56 -0500

Not many patron requests for TV yet, but it's just a matter of time. My
problem: I'm trying to build the classic movie portion of the DVD
collection in fairly short order--that and the current release stuff
pretty much depletes the money. We'll get more serious about TV when
the collection has some depth and the money's not tied up in core
collection building. Which is not to say we buy no TV, but so far it's
been limited to the higher profile cable titles, PBS, and the occasional
network pick. Later on we'll cast a much wider net.

Peter Cartford
AV Librarian
Johnson County Library
Overland Park, KS
913-495-2496
cartfordp@jocolibrary.org

-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Candace
Rossin
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.

Thanks.

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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