RE: [Videolib] Great Courses on DVD

Chuck Collins (ccollins@heightslibrary.org)
Fri, 8 Apr 2005 12:49:50 -0400

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It's been my experience that all the Great Courses material (VHS, DVD,
cassette, CD) gets checked out at a respectable rate in my public
library--about 10-15 times a year. That's a little below what the
average non-fiction video tape or DVD does for us, but still pretty
good. Obviously it will depend on your clientele. We have two
universities in our service area (one big, one small) and several others
close to it, so maybe this isn't the "real world." But we're in an
extremely diverse community and I can tell you (anecdotally) that it's
not just the college crowd that gravitates toward them.=20
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Of course the real problem is that the die hard fans of the stuff want
us to own EVERYTHING Great Course puts out. =20
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Chuck Collins
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
www.heightslibrary.org
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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Handman
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 11:25 AM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Great Courses on DVD
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Look...I ain't a public librarian, so I can't really talk about
life in the trenches there...BUT: I will say even in academe, if you
don't have someone on board to: buy the unique and enlightening stuff,
publicize the obscure and wonderful, serve as viewers' advisory, act as
advocate for quality programming, make sure the bibliographic access is
effective, all that's ever gonna get checked out is Dumb and Dumber.
The public--academic and otherwise--often doesn't know what it doesn't
know. The Hollywood glitz gets the publicity--THAT they know. All the
other stuff often falls off the public radar. It's our job to build
collections that serve the broad base of need and potential need and to
make sure our users are aware of what's available and why it's cool and
important. =20
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Gary
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At 08:45 AM 4/8/2005 -0500, you wrote:
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In the last couple of issues of Video Librarian, Randy
has had reviews of a few titles, and the titles received good reviews.
My concern with them is how many people would really check them out.
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Periodicals/Audiovisuals
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Aurora Public Library
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1 E. Benton Street
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Aurora, IL 60505
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Phone: 630-264-4100
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FAX: 630-896-3209
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bltata@aurora.lib.il.us
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www.aurora.lib.il.us <http://www.aurora.lib.il.us/>=20
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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Blaine
Waterman
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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 3:54 PM
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To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
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Subject: [Videolib] Great Courses on DVD
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The Teaching Company now offers many of their
courses on DVD as well as audio formats. Ive received a few requests for
these but wonder if theres any pointare they very visual, or just people
talking at lecterns???
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Blaine Waterman
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AV Center Librarian
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San Francisco Public Library
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100 Larkin Street
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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(415)557-4461
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bwaterman@sfpl.org=20
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-----Original Message-----
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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Diane
Sybeldon
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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 11:36 AM
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To: VIDEOLIB
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Subject: [Videolib] lending video and film
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Perhaps you've been discussing this of late and
I missed it,
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but here goes...
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Has anyone changed their NO ILL LENDING policy
for videos
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and film to a lending policy?
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And if so, why?
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We just went live with INN-Reach - an Innovative
based consortial
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borrowing system for a potential of 800
libraries including
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public, academic, medical, and other special
libraries.=20
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Only one of the 35 libraries who are up and
running so far
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has offered to lend.=20
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Increasing circulation figures for expensive
educational
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films with low circulation would seem like a
plus.
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Making expensive items available to libraries
that can't
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purchase them seems like another.
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Borrowing Blockbuster features seems like a
negative.
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Lending older format items to libraries who
still have playing
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equipment for laser disks, 16mm film, seems like
another.
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Any comments?
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Diane Sybeldon
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Information Services Librarian:
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Subject Specialist in Art and Art History,=20
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Music, Theatre, Dance, Film Studies
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and Media Collection
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1210 Adamany Undergraduate Library
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Wayne State University
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Detroit, Michigan 48202
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Phone: 313-577-4480
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Fax: 313-577-5265
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E-mail: diane.sybeldon@wayne.edu
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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=20

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It's=20 been my experience that all the Great Courses material (VHS, DVD, = cassette, CD)=20 gets checked out at a respectable rate in my public library--about 10-15 = times a=20 year.  That's a little below what the average non-fiction video = tape or DVD=20 does for us, but still pretty good.  Obviously it will depend on = your=20 clientele.  We have two universities in our service area (one big, = one=20 small) and several others close to it, so maybe this isn't the "real=20 world."  But we're in an extremely diverse community and I can tell = you=20 (anecdotally) that it's not just the college crowd that gravitates = toward=20 them. 
 
Of=20 course the real problem is that the die hard fans of the stuff want = us to=20 own EVERYTHING Great Course puts = out.  
 
Chuck=20 Collins
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public = Library
www.heightslibrary.org<= /SPAN>
 
-----Original Message-----
From:=20 videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu=20 [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of = Gary=20 Handman
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 11:25 AM
To:=20 videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Great = Courses=20 on DVD

Look...I ain't a public librarian, so I = can't=20 really talk about life in the trenches there...BUT:  I will say = even in=20 academe, if you don't have someone on board to:   buy the = unique and=20 enlightening stuff, publicize the obscure and wonderful, serve as = viewers'=20 advisory, act as advocate for quality programming, make sure the = bibliographic=20 access is effective, all that's ever gonna get checked out is Dumb and = Dumber.  The public--academic and otherwise--often doesn't know = what it=20 doesn't know.  The Hollywood glitz gets the publicity--THAT they=20 know.  All the other stuff often falls off the public = radar.  It's=20 our job to build collections that serve the broad base of need and = potential=20 need and to make sure our users are aware of what's available and why = it's=20 cool and important. 

Gary


At 08:45 AM 4/8/2005 = -0500,=20 you wrote:
In the last couple of issues of Video Librarian, Randy has = had=20 reviews of a few titles, and the titles received good reviews.  = My=20 concern with them is how many people would really check them=20 out.
 
 

Becky Tatar<?xml:namespace = prefix=20 =3D o ns =3D "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"=20 />

Periodicals/Audiovisuals

Aurora Public = Library

1=20 E. Benton Street

Aurora, IL   60505

Phone:=20 630-264-4100

FAX:=20 630-896-3209

bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

www.aurora.lib.il.us

 
-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On=20 Behalf Of Blaine Waterman
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 3:54 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Great Courses on DVD

The Teaching = Company now offers=20 many of their courses on DVD as well as audio formats. Ive = received a few=20 requests for these but wonder if theres any pointare they very = visual, or=20 just people talking at lecterns???



 
Blaine=20 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=20 Behalf Of Diane Sybeldon
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 11:36 AM
To: VIDEOLIB
Subject: [Videolib] lending video and film



 
Perhaps you've been discussing = this of late=20 and I missed it,

but here goes...



 
Has anyone changed their NO ILL = LENDING policy=20 for videos

and film to a lending = policy?

And if so, why?



 
We just went live with INN-Reach - = an=20 Innovative based consortial

borrowing system for a potential = of 800=20 libraries including

public, academic, medical, and = other special=20 libraries.

Only one of the 35 libraries who = are up and=20 running so far

has offered to lend. =



 
Increasing circulation figures for = expensive=20 educational

films with low circulation would = seem like a=20 plus.

Making expensive items available = to libraries=20 that can't

purchase them seems like=20 another.

Borrowing Blockbuster features = seems like a=20 negative.

Lending older format items to = libraries who=20 still have playing

equipment for laser disks, 16mm = film, seems=20 like another.



 
Any comments?



 


 


 


 
Diane Sybeldon
Information Services Librarian:
Subject Specialist in Art and Art History,
Music, Theatre, Dance, Film Studies
and Media Collection



 
1210 Adamany Undergraduate = Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: 313-577-4480
Fax: 313-577-5265
E-mail: diane.sybeldon@wayne.edu
=

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=20 are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of=20 = us."
           = ;   =20 --Ted Berrigan
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