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

Tova Aragon (tovaarag@hotmail.com)
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 22:25:28 +0000

Jessica - not a stupid question at all. For me, it is the same balancing
act whatever the format = meeting the demand for the popular bestsellers,
providing access to other quality materials and staying within my budget. I
am lucky in that whatever I buy circulates. We have a strong calling for
foreign, independent and award winning films. Documentaries are very
popular too. To help stretch my budget, our holds (reserve) lists are
allowed to grow longer.

I have enjoyed reading this discussion. I am not officially a media
librarian. Media collection development is under my "other duties"
assigned.

Tova Aragon
Adult Services Lead Librarian
Fort Collins Public Library
201 Peterson
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
970-224-6164

Opinions are my own...

>From: Jessica Rosner <jrosner@kino.com>
>Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>To: videolib <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity -- was Wired for Retirement
>Date: 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
> >
> >
> > 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
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > "Blaine Waterman"
> >
> > <bwaterman@sfpl.o
> >
> > rg>
> > To
> > Sent by: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> >
> > videolib-bounces@
> > cc
> > library.berkeley.
> >
> > edu
> > Subject
> > RE: [Videolib] Wired for
> > Retirement
> >
> >
> > 04/06/2005 12:49
> >
> > PM
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Please respond to
> >
> > videolib@library.
> >
> > berkeley.edu
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 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
> >
> > 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
> >
> > ****
> >
> > "Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
> > --Ted Berrigan
> >
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>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
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