[Videolib] RE: Television series in public libraries

Lesley Lundgren (llundgren@acpl.lib.in.us)
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 15:02:28 -0500

Our Library also focuses on 'popular materials' - and my Dept. Manager
is thrilled with the amount of circulation that the TV DVDs do. We
collect Dick and Lucy as well as Dr. Quinn and Buffy. As space and
money became and issue we looked at the circulation figures of the VHS
collection. I would say about half as many videos circulated this year
compared to last. So I stopped replacing damaged videos and continued
to purchase VHS titles in areas where patron demand was high (action &
comedy). I still buy a balanced selection of videos, but fewer.

So far we are able to keep up the TV new releases. Of course, in a
short time that won't be possible. I don't know how our public would
feel about seeing the VHS titles leave completely.

Lesley Lundgren
Librarian & Exhibit Coordinator
Art Music & Audiovisual Services
Allen County Public Library
(260) 421-1200 ext. 2101
http://www.acpl.lib.in.us

>>> Celeste@cmpl.org 08/27/04 11:50AM >>>
As a public library that focuses on 'popular materials,' we collect a
fair number of series, both American and British, from BBC and A&E
series to "Alias" and "Friends".

Once a series is stolen, that season is not replaced. We will purchase
the next season when it's released, though, and hope for the best.

We now break the boxed sets into individual discs. There is extra
processing & cataloging time involved, but it allows more customers
access to the set at once. When a disc is damaged, we still get to circ
the rest of the set.
Also, customers used to get cranky when they had to wait weeks to get
the boxed set of 6 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' discs and only had 4 days
to get through the entire set. (We circ new DVDs for 4 days and
everything else for 7 days). Since it's hard to get through the entire
set in that time, they'd have to return it & get back in the holds
queue. Ugly. Our OPAC allows customers to place holds on individual
items so they can request the series DVDs in order.

Celeste Choate
Clinton-Macomb Public Library
40900 Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-226-5051

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