RE: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement

Blaine Waterman (
Wed, 6 Apr 2005 13:22:02 -0700

YES to everything.

Much of our spending here is geared to filling online reserves for
mediocre blockbusters marketed by saturation TV and billboard ads.

Blaine Waterman
AV Center Librarian
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Christopher
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 11:46 AM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement

An interesting nugget of information I heard a speaker mention at
in Libraries a few weeks is that 40-50% of public library circulation is
from their VHS/DVD/CD collections. That number struck me as remarkably
high. Can it possibly be accurate? If so, why have media librarians
especially in public libraries become expendable? Are these statistics
being pumped up with best-sellers and new releases? Has quality given
to quantity? Who guides video collection development in public libraries
without media specialists, the vendors?

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Humanities Collection Manager
American University Library
AIM: congolene

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