Re: [Videolib] VHS vs. DVD

Jerry Notaro (notaro@stpt.usf.edu)
Wed, 04 May 2005 08:14:04 -0500

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> If you all remember some time back I asked for survey examples for Video
> Collection assessment. Since there didn=B9t seem to be anything out there
> specifically for that, I wrote one and we are in the end of a patron surv=
ey
> that is pretty extensive. I am working with a colleague of mine who is
> knowledgeable with statistical reporting and this question of dvd vs. vhs=
is
> covered. I=B9ll post the results of the assessment soon.
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> Jerry Notaro, Media Librarian
> University of South Florida St. Petersburg
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> Our library began purchasing DVDs as the preferred format rather early=8Bin
> about 2000. Initially we did this because we (wrongly) assumed DVDs woul=
d
> hold up to frequent circulation, and because at that time feature film DV=
Ds
> were noticeably cheaper than videos.
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> What we have found after 5 years:
> We have to purchase more replacements. Some of our DVDs have not been us=
able
> after 10 circulations.
> We recently purchased a DVD scratch remover/cleaning machine but it is to=
o
> early to tell if this will have an impact. As a state institution, we ha=
ve
> very liberal ILL and circulation policies.
> =20
> Patrons always prefer DVDs, and frequently request purchases of DVDs if w=
e
> have an older VHS.
> =20
> We still purchase many videotapes.
> Some of our classrooms are still not equipped with in-room DVD players.
> Some of our collection management librarians are reluctant to pay additio=
nal
> fees for DVD format unless there is additional content.
> 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 st=
ill
> purchased as VHS.
> As a research library, we purchase films in any available format from
> throughout the world.
> =20
> =20
> Sarah Andrews
> Acquisitions Department
> University of Iowa Libraries
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Re: [Videolib] VHS vs. DVD

If you all remember some time back I asked for survey examples for Video C= ollection assessment. Since there didn’t seem to be anything out there= specifically for that, I wrote one and we are in the end of a patron survey= that is pretty extensive. I am working with a colleague of mine who is know= ledgeable with statistical reporting and this question of dvd vs. vhs is cov= ered. I’ll post the results of the assessment soon.

Jerry Notaro, Media Librarian
University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Our library began purchasing DVDs as the preferred format rather early̵= 2;in about 2000.  Initially we did this because we (wrongly) assumed DV= Ds would hold up to frequent circulation, and because at that time feature f= ilm DVDs were noticeably cheaper than videos.  
 
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.
 
Patrons always prefer DVDs, and frequently request purchases of DVDs if we = have an older VHS.
 
We still purchase many videotapes.
Some of our classrooms are still not equipped with in-room DVD players. &nb= sp;
Some of our collection management librarians are reluctant to pay additiona= l fees for DVD format unless there is additional content.  
Because our library circulates multiple DVDs packaged together as 1 item, w= e 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 throu= ghout the world.
 
 
Sarah Andrews
Acquisitions Department
University of Iowa Libraries


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