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

Cartford, Peter, JCL (CartfordP@jocolibrary.org)
Fri, 8 Apr 2005 12:02:34 -0500

The ratio of copies bought of popular vs. literary fiction? About 10 to
1. The ratio of copies bought of blockbuster vs. art house films?
About 6 to 1. That's at JCL only, of course.

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 Jessica
Rosner
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 4:21 PM
To: videolib
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity -- was Wired for Retirement

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
>
>
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