RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

Mike Tribby (mike.tribby@quality-books.com)
Thu, 2 Jun 2005 17:11:24 -0500

Well, you know, Bryan, I wasn't trying to be sarcastic in this case. The
fact is that for many people access to the public library is a problem
either because of distance or ability to get around. I'll grant you that
using Family Guy as an example might be a bit sarcastic, but you can't deny
that it has become more of a hit in rerun and DVD form than it was the first
time around on broadcast TV.

And your point about circulation time is probably the best base for judging
the effectiveness of such a policy. Where I live the circ time is 1 week for
nonprint materials, which would be sufficient for a 6-disc set like I
described but not for a larger set. Some people--take my kids when they're
home from college--like to get a full season or two of their favorites and
watch them straight through. If they decided to do that with, say, the Monty
Python boxed set, even a two-week checkout might not be long enough. If, on
the other hand, we're talking about my grandmother, and she'd like to
revisit a favorite Little House season, six trips to access six discs with
two or three episodes each would be a bit of a hardship.

Also the difference between DVD and VHS seems important since there are
typically more episodes on a DVD.

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

mailto:mike.tribby@quality-books.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Griest, Bryan [mailto:BGriest@ci.glendale.ca.us]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:45 PM
To: 'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

It all depends on the circulation period, doesn't it? If the period is 1
day, then splitting them into single discs is nearly mandatory. If not, then
maybe not. I don't think aiming sarcasm at other librarians on this list is
necessary, in any case.

-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Tribby
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:58 PM
To: 'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

"We find that it works best for our customers if the TV show sets are
packaged individually by disc."

Works best in the sense of having to make multiple trips to the library in
order to facilitate viewing a whole season of Family Guy or similar fare
straight through? Given that there were 6 discs in our version of the season
2 package of Little House on the Prairie this policy seems as if it might be
somewhat inconvenient for some patrons.

Do (or did) you follow the same policy for VHS?

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

mailto:mike.tribby@quality-books.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Stevens [mailto:lstevens@hcpl.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 1:07 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

We find that it works best for our customers if the TV show sets are
packaged individually by disc. The holds queue moves much faster and it is
easier to watch in one week. So, if there is a record in OCLC for
individual discs, the video cataloger chops them up. If not, we keep it
packaged as a set.

Linda Stevens, Media Specialist
Harris County Public Library
8080 El Rio
Houston, Texas 77054
lstevens@hcpl.net

-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Deborah T. Walsh
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:14 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

Twisting this thread slightly to satisfy my own needs, I wonder how
libraries already collecting TV shows on DVD package (or repackage?) them
for circulation.

Our circ policy is 7 days, no renewals on DVDs and it grieves me to tie up
an expensive multipart item the patron probably has NO hope of viewing in
our short loan period while long reserve lists build on it.

Do you chop them up into pieces, as a rule, or not worry about this problem?
If you chop them up, how do you catalog them?

Deborah T. Walsh
Geneva Public Library District
Geneva, IL
dwalsh@geneva.lib.il.us

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