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

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:27:29 -0800

that is part of why I asked the question, the possible underlying
factors. I wondering if our geographic location has anything to do with
it, but before investigating other causes, I wanted to know if we were
"normal," or at least in the ball park of normal.

Our DVD collection is about 75% feature films, but mostly classics,
hardly any new releases. We still purchase VHS, but only if that is the
only purchase choice. The feature films in the VHS collection are
comparable numberwise, but many were donations and as such they are more
newer in release date (due to the donors migrating their own collection
to DVD).

Thanks for your insight.


John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861

>>> 11/29/2004 10:35:41 AM >>>
This is an interesting statistic. But I wonder if there are
factors that contribute.

What is the makeup of the DVD collection? Mostly feature film?

Are is a comparable collection of feature films in the VHS collection?
What percentage of the circulation do they account for?

Are you still purchasing in VHS format? To what degree is the DVD
circulation an indication of currency of content?

Just a few thoughts

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University at the West campus
PO Box 37100 
Phoenix, Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522

> From: John Streepy <> > Reply-To: "" <> > Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 09:34:59 -0800 > To: "" <> > Subject: [Videolib] DVD percent of checkouts at Academic libraries > > 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. > > jhs > > John H. Streepy

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