Re: [Videolib] Popular Collection

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 08:25:53 -0700

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Hello,

I would second Dennis' suggestion using community input. It does two
things, it helps you with your work, and, more importantly, it helps you
toward your goal of getting your patrons engaged with the collection.
Don't put it all in their hands but do use their suggestions for at
least a third of the choices (Or you can choose from their list, and
then augment it if you still have money to spend) If your patrons see
they have a stake in the collection, they will support it more.
Advertise the dickens out of it. Find a display case in other areas of
the library where students will see it more, get your student newspaper
involved, etc. Set up a display, and ask for input. Displays have
impacted use of my collection the most. When I put items in the display
cases, my numbers go up. You never know what will happen once you get
patrons noticing your collection. At my library, I had a student on his
own inititive started a donation drive in the dorms, and then convinced
two parts of the student government to donate a total of $1,000 worth of
new DVDs based on a list he came up with (with a little guidence from
me, but not much), because he heard we had a budget cut and he believed
in the collection and the students right to have access to such a
collection. Because of that student I have a box of about 100 new DVDs
and about 30 used (as well as a bunch of VHS tapes, and stuff for our
friends of the library sale) that are waiting for my cataloging
department to be able to get to. (they lost a person so my stuff is on
the back burner) These are items that I would have loved to have bought
if I had the money but didn't. With only a budget of $1000, I would
consider a shotgun approach (that was my suggestion to the student and
he put together a pretty good list), make a list of various genres and
make sure you have a representitive or two from all of them (Anime,
sci-fi, horror, thriller, classics, rom-com, film noir, cult, western,
comedy, etc). Boxed sets make the money go further. Good luck.

jhs

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861
http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media

>>>MileFilms@AOL.com 09/29/05 6:05 am >>>

In a message dated 9/28/05 6:10:25 PM, ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
writes:

Wow! There are loads of best lists, top grossing lists, cult favorites,
genre
lists, etc. The question is: a) who's your audience and what's the
intent and
uses of the collection? (and what does popular mean?) b) how much $ do
you
have to start with? c) do you have $ to make sure popular stays popular
over
time?

I especially agree with part a. Have you considered making this a
community effort? (something like a senate/house voting base balancing
1/3 professors, 1/3 librarians, 1/3 local populace) It might very well
be just as valid as an AFI 100 list and a way for the library to connect
with its users.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video/Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201.767.3117
Fax: 201.767.3035
milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com

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Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
James E. B= rooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University= Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861
http://ww= w.lib.cwu.edu/media

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In a message dated 9/28/05 6:10:25 PM&#= 44; ghandman@library.berkeley.edu writes:


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Wow! There = are loads of best lists, top grossing lists, cult favorites&#= 44; genre
lists, etc. The question is: a) who's your a= udience and what's the intent and
uses of the collection? = (and what does "popular" mean?) b) how much= $ do you
have to start with? c) do you have $ to = make sure "popular" stays popular over
time?
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=0D=0A I especially agree with part a. Have y= ou considered making this a community effort? (something like= a senate/house voting base balancing 1/3 professors, 1/3 librari= ans, 1/3 local populace) It might very well be just as valid = as an AFI 100 list and a way for the library to connect with its user= s.


Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video/Milliarium Z= ero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201.767.= 3117
Fax: 201.767.3035
milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.= com

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