Re: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity -- was Wired for Retirement

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 16:20:45 -0500

This is probably a stupid question but for some of us non librarians how
would this compare to print materials i.e. how many copies do you order of
a Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark vs. less popular serious fiction & non
fiction?

Jessica

> "how do you balance the purchase of 'popular' items that can be found at
> any video store versus the lesser-known titles that aren't easily
> available?"
>
> The DVD tsunami has carried us far in the direction of emphasizing
> popular titles, in quantity, over pretty much anything else, and I'm
> concerned about that. We've managed to retain some balance on the movie
> end of things by passing over lesser-quality current release titles and
> buying classic English-language and foreign films systematically to make
> sure the collection has real depth to it. The problem is that
> 'lesser-known titles that aren't easily available' is a good description
> for much of our non-movie video collection. Used to be that our
> spending favored non-movie titles; now it strongly favors movies. That
> needs to be fixed and will be when I make budget allocations for next
> year.
>
>
>
> "Any political issues -- such as video budget linked to number
> circulated?"
>
> No formulaic link of budget to circ for any collection. But patron
> demand is a factor in budget decisions. I asked for a significant
> increase in '05 funding for DVD and got it--in part a recognition that
> movie-watching has replaced reading as a leisure time activity for many
> people.
>
>
> Peter Cartford
> AV Librarian
> Johnson County Library
> Overland Park, KS
> 913-495-2496
> cartfordp@jocolibrary.org
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Bergman,
> Barbara J
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 5:29 PM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity -- was Wired for Retirement
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>
> A question probably more for public librarians...
> Just out of curiosity --
>
> At your library, how do you balance the purchase of "popular" items that
> can be found at any video store versus the lesser-known titles that
> aren't easily available?
> Any political issues -- such as video budget linked to number
> circulated?
>
> Barb
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Lacey
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 3:20 PM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: RE: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement
>
> Check out the Miami-Dade Public Library System's catalog (www.mdpls.org)
> to see the kind of titles that circulate. Patrons want popular movies,
> just like they want popular books. The public pays for library
> materials through their taxes; they should get what they want, be it
> DVDs, books, audio books, language instruction materials, Internet
> access computers, etc. As a Collection Development librarian in a large
> urban public library, I must be in touch with what my customers want, be
> it "high-brow" or "low-brow" materials or anything in between.
>
> And, I'm a long way from retirement, unless I win the lottery.
>
> Susan J. Lacey, Librarian II
> Collection Development Department
> Miami-Dade Public Library System
> 101 West Flagler Street
> Miami, Florida 33130
> PH: (305)375-5008 FAX: (305)375-3048
> laceys@mdpls.org
> www.mdpls.org
> "Delivering Excellence Every Day"
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher
> Lewis
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:46 PM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: RE: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement
>
> An interesting nugget of information I heard a speaker mention at
> Computers
> 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
> way
> 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
> 202.885.3257
> AIM: congolene
>
> If you have no money, be polite.
> - Danish proverb
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> "Blaine Waterman"
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> 04/06/2005 12:49
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> Please respond to
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> Gary,
> I share your concerns for the profession generally, at least public
> libraries. A large chunk of current librarians started in the 70s and
> will soon retire. With relentless state and local budget cutting and a
> common (mis)perception that the Internet IS a library, I would not be
> surprised if many retirees go unreplaced.
>
> Blaine Waterman
> AV Center Librarian
> San Francisco Public Library
> 100 Larkin Street
> San Francisco, CA 94102
> (415)557-4461
> bwaterman@sfpl.org
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Handman
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 8:14 AM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement
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> So, if we're all jumping ship in scant few years, who's gonna mind the
> media store?
>
> This could, indeed, be an interesting thread of discussion. Seriously.
> It
> seems to me that, despite the enormous impact media has had on global
> culture at large, despite the fact that media collections in libraries
> are
> growing exponentially, the ranks of librarians trained for and assigned
> to
> selecting and managing media collections have, if anything, diminished
> in
> the last 30 years. (I go on about this at great lengths in the
> introduction to Video Collection Development (Greenwood, 2002), so I
> won't
> belabor it here)/
>
> The point is: many of us who came of professional age at the dawn of
> the
> video revolution in the late 1970s are now of an age where we're
> pondering
> the big R. I fret periodically about training for future media
> librarians;
> I fret even more about the tendency of libraries to feel that format
> specialization among professionals is either not needed or not
> affordable.
>
> ******
>
> OK, on another tact. In skimming over the latest issue of American
> Libraries yesterday, I noticed at least THREE articles having to do with
>
> intellectual freedom challenges to videos or to broadcast programming.
> I
> would really like to see the Video Round Table consider getting more
> involved with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom as an advocacy
> body. Seems to me that VRT could be doing a lot more to assert national
>
> leadership in media matters. The Notables are one wonderful way that
> we've
> moved in this direction. I think VRT could be doing more.
>
> Gary Handman
>
>
>
> At 08:23 AM 4/6/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>> We have phased retirement by contract here at USF which I plan to do.
> Anyone
>> else have phased retirement at their institutions?
>>
>> Jerry
>>
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> Gary Handman
> Director
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley
> ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
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> "Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
> --Ted Berrigan
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