RE: [Videolib] DVD percent of checkouts at Academic libraries

Bergman, Barbara J (
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:12:13 -0600

I don't have the stats to back this up, but I'd say that our overall
percentage of DVD/VHS circulation is similar.

However, we circulate to everyone, and the newer popular movies in the
collection are on DVD. There are only about a couple dozen documentary
titles out of the DVDs.
For actual class use, VHS is still primary. None of the faculty (except
the Film Studies professor) seem to care which format, as long as the
title is available.

DVDs = 300+
VHS = 6,000

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

-----Original Message-----
Hi all,

just a question. Here at CWU we have a VHS collection of about 5000
titles, and a DVD collection of about 360 titles. So far this school
year our dvds have accounted for 35 to 40% of all checkouts. (up from an
average of 25% last year) Do others with small dvd collections
(compared to their VHS collections) have this sort of of percentage
breakdown? What is the checkout percentage (roughly) between DVD and
VHS at your school?. I am just trying to see if what we are going
through here is similar to other academic libraries, as it is a good
thing to gauge against others. Just send to me, if others want to know
I'll post to the list. Thanks.


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