Re: [Videolib] Demo tape

Randy Pitman (
Mon, 26 Sep 2005 13:30:52 -0700

Hi Mary Lou,

Adding screeners to the library collection is a no-no (as is adding "advance
reader copy" versions of books). In the case of "In the Bedroom," there's a
very good chance that the tape itself will have onscreen "call this number"
warnings running off and on throughout the film *and* that the color film
will periodically turn to black-and-white for short stretches. So, on both
ethical and aesthetic counts, you don't want to add demo tapes to library
collections. IMHO :)



Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270; Fax: (360) 830-9346
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Lou Neighbour" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 12:26 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Demo tape

>I have just come to catlog a VHS video of "In the Bedroom" from our
>satellite campus for their library. It is a gift from faculty, but the box
>is clearly marked "DEMO TAPE" and "Full length screener for video retailers
>only." The cassette itself is marked "Demo VHS not for sale or rental" and
>"This product is the property of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution and must
>be returned upon request."
> This is the first time I have come across anything like this. I don't
> think that we can add the video to our library's collection. What is the
> wisdom of the group? Any help would be appreciated!
> Mary Lou Neighbour
> AV Librarian
> Montomery County Community College
> Blue Bell, PA 19422
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