[Videolib] Television series in public libraries

Jaeschke, Myles (mjaesch@tulsalibrary.org)
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 08:47:22 -0500

At our library we have, for now, decided not to collect American broadcast television shows for a variety of reasons including cost. One could get carried away and spend thousands of dollars buying each season of a show not too mention replacing the seasons when they are stolen or "not returned". If you purchase one season your customers will expect you to purchase the following season and so on. We do purchase some of the British television but that is all.


Tulsa City County Library
Film Librarian

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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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