[Videolib] Basta!

Barb Read (bread@charter.net)
Thu, 23 Sep 2004 14:08:51 -0500

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Re: [Videolib] Basta!Our library, small city, still has VHS only. We =
did a survey and everyone still had a VCR but not everyone had a DVD. =
We can not afford to double purchase the same title. Not sure when we =
will make the jump to DVD but not yet.
One word about Public performance. For 3 years we bought the licensing =
agreement so we could show films. BUT it came with the requirement that =
we not advertise what we were showing outside the library. we just did =
not get enough folks coming for our "pig in a poke" shows. This year we =
decided not to renew the license and stop showing anything that we did =
not buy with PPR. It really ticked me off that we were "good kids" and =
bought the license but then could not put up posters or announce in the =
paper what we were showing. Felt like a rip off.
Barb Read
Marysville Public Library
----- Original Message -----=20
From: Jessica Rosner=20
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu=20
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Basta!

sorry Gary I was not belittling it but just the idea the VCRs were =
somehow obsolete
or unavailable. I finally had to give mine up after 17 years, a lovely =
old TOP LOADING model
I STILL have the 17 year TV it came with and the remote is LITERALLY =
being held together with tape

I am a PROUD luddite=20
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

From: Gary Handman <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 12:13:19 -0700
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Basta!

...not an inconvenience, Jessica--a cultural catastrophe. We're a =
culture which allows the marketplace to determine survival or death of =
cultural capital...or, even worse, the nature of cultural capital =
itself. =20

As far as DVD goes, it may be that many independent producers of =
non-fiction film make the leap to the new format before the fall of VHS. =
Nonetheless, there are going to be large chunks of our collection which =
never cross-over. An interesting phenomenon--those of us who have =
thought of ourselves as curating largely commercial collections are =
increasingly forced to become archivists as well.


At 12:52 PM 9/22/2004 -0400, you wrote:

I think it will MANY years possibly decades before VHS would =
reasonably considered
an obsolete format in terms of availability of players for now =
the fact that tens of thousands of titles have not /will not make it =
to DVD is just an inconvenience. Based on Dennis & Gary's assessment DVD =
may no longer be the dominant format by the time VHS would even be =
considered obsolete.

( who still does not own a DVD player but has a satellite dish to =
get Cub games)

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

From: "Brewer, Michael" <brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu>
Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 08:59:32 -0700
To: "'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'" =
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Basta!


If a film is not available for sale on newer format and the player =
needed is no longer available at a "reasonable price," then one can =
transfer the film to a new medium. This, however, would not be =
currently possible for those films on DVD that have piracy protection =
software on them, were that technology to suddenly become obsolete, and =
players become unavailable, as it is illegal to circumvent this software =
except for a very few reasons stated by the Librarian of Congress. Of =
course, this could change (and hopefully it will change so that it =
becomes legal to circumvent these software controls in order to use =
portions of these films as allowed under the TEACH act or fair use, =
which currently do not seem to be provided for). =20


Michael Brewer=20

Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian=20

University of Arizona Library A210=20

1510 E. University=20

P.O. Box 210055=20

Tucson, AZ 85721=20

Voice: 520.307.2771=20

Fax: 520.621.9733=20

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Seligman [mailto:mseligman@portnet.k12.ny.us]=20
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:22 AM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Basta!=20

Gary raises an important issue. I am a librarian in a high school. =
We have a centralized audio/visual department that's part of our =
library. Currently, we have 3,000 items in VHS format. Many of these =
items are shown daily. What happens when VHS is gone -- either =
replacement players of replacement tapes?
Mary Seligman
Library Media Specialist
Paul D. Schreiber High School
Port Washington, NY 11050=20

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley

<http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC> ****

"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan=20

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