RE: [Videolib] lending video and film&quality vs. quantity

Mike Tribby (
Wed, 27 Apr 2005 08:54:59 -0500

>From Grete Pasch:

"It's not free, but for $9.99 a month, you could subscribe to Netflix and
get you movies delivered wherever you are (in the US) thanks to the USPS
( And they have a huge catalog, more than
any library could afford to acquire..."

Well sure, but there's also Amazon's and Powell's (and others') used book
operations that deliver, too, so should libraries discard trashy novels once
they leave the best seller lists? Also not free, but not necessarily more
more than $9.99 a month depending on what's ordered--and far more titles
than most libraries could accumulate.

Is there some problem in addressing the difference between a public library
collecting and lending popular novels and doing the same with videos of
popular movies? I know that as video librarians we are special, but I still
don't see the difference other than in levels of budgeting in far too many
benighted places.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

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