RE: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity

Eileen Simmons (ESimmons@ci.everett.wa.us)
Fri, 8 Apr 2005 11:25:36 -0700

I buy popular titles, but usually just one or two copies regardless of the number of holds. This leaves me the money to buy more foreign films, non-mainstream fiction, and nonfiction titles. This is different from how we handle our book collection. There we buy one copy of a book for every three holds.

Eileen Simmons
Assistant Director/Head of Reference
Everett Public Library
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
425.257.8022

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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Griest, Bryan
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 3:19 PM
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Subject: RE: [Videolib] Quality vs. quantity -- was Wired for Retirement

For fiction materials, we invariably choose popular titles (and multiple
copies at that, in distinction to the videos I collect) and gear the number
of copies purchased to the number of requests we receive on each title. For
non-fiction, we almost always only buy one copy of any title, although if
enough patrons queue up to check it out, we will buy additional copies of
those as well. Depending on budgetary concerns, we might not be able to
afford much beyond the pop fiction nowadays, but since I don't do the
purchasing for fiction, I can't speak with too much authority . . .
Bryan Griest
Glendale Public Library

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[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Jessica Rosner
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 2:21 PM
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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.
>
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> "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
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> 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
>
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> 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
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> 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"
>
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> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of
> Christopher Lewis
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:46 PM
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> 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
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> If you have no money, be polite.
> - Danish proverb
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> "Blaine Waterman"
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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
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> -----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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Jessica Rosner
Kino International
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