[Videolib] VHS vs. DVD

Andrews, Sarah E (sarah-andrews@uiowa.edu)
Tue, 3 May 2005 17:06:13 -0500

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Our library began purchasing DVDs as the preferred format rather
early-in about 2000. Initially we did this because we (wrongly) assumed
DVDs would hold up to frequent circulation, and because at that time
feature film DVDs were noticeably cheaper than videos. =20

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What we have found after 5 years:

We have to purchase more replacements. Some of our DVDs have not been
usable after 10 circulations.

We recently purchased a DVD scratch remover/cleaning machine but it is
too early to tell if this will have an impact. As a state institution,
we have very liberal ILL and circulation policies.

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Patrons always prefer DVDs, and frequently request purchases of DVDs if
we have an older VHS.

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We still purchase many videotapes. =20

Some of our classrooms are still not equipped with in-room DVD players.

Some of our collection management librarians are reluctant to pay
additional fees for DVD format unless there is additional content. =20

Because our library circulates multiple DVDs packaged together as 1
item, we purchase some popular items (like the Sopranos) in both
formats.

Videotapes hold up better to ILL, so some educational films are often
still purchased as VHS.

As a research library, we purchase films in any available format from
throughout the world.

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Sarah Andrews
Acquisitions Department

University of Iowa Libraries

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