[Videolib] TV Shows on DVD

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Tue, 03 Jan 2006 12:15:34 -0600

Hello Ralph,
My purchasing decisions are very similar to Lori's. However, I also
consider if the program is or was only available as a cable show.
Unlike purchasing other VHS and DVDs, I usually wait for a request from
a patron. Of course, if I run across a great review of a series in
"Video Librarian" or other review source I will seriously consider
purchasing it. I also look for award-winners and do consider the price
of the series. One of the first series I purchase was The Sopranos due
to a patron request, the number of awards it had won, and the fact that
it is a cable show. Sex in the City was purchased because the
Interlibrary Loan staff asked me to consider it, not because of reviews.
I had decided not to purchase it but they received 2-3 ILL requests for
that series within a week of each other. I also decided to purchase
Lost: Season One due to the great reviews it received from many
sources. I had a request for us to purchase it but as it was just
broadcast last year was not going to until I ran across all the positive
reviews.

I have also purchased the first in a series and then I wait to see if
anyone asks for the others. Some series are over $100.00 and those I
usually wait for a request before purchasing others. Therefore our
library has season one in all the Star Trek series but I only received a
request to purchase the others in the original series.

I hope this gives you some guidelines but this is a difficult, but fun,
area to purchase in.

Renee

Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218/723-3840

>>> STEVENLO@uvsc.edu 1/2/2006 4:12 pm >>>
Hi Ralph,
I think you and I are the only ones working today :) I tend to get
those that have had some impact or historical - cultural significance,
those that had a long long run, or those that won awards. Examples:
The Cosby show (blacks portrayed as professionals rather than blue
collar) the Jeffersons (first significantly black cast as the subjects
of the show) Ozzie and Harriet, the Honeymooners, Beaver
(representations of race and gender in the 50s) All in the Family
(representations of race and gender in the 70s, award winner culturally
significant). Whereas you are a public library, your collection focus
might be a little more toward the entertainment side, but still, you can
only afford some, why not get the best? Also, instead of buying every
episode, maybe get a few years of each to have a representation in the
collection?

Lori

Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
Orem, Utah 84058

Buffy: "See, this is a school. And we have students
and they check out books. And then they learn things."

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)

>>> rtomlinson@olatheks.org 1/2/2006 1:00 PM >>>
I'm coming to the realization that I could quickly spend my entire DVD
budget on TV shows. Does anyone have a policy for buying TV shows on
DVD? Or
a percentage? In the past few weeks, I've received requests to purchase
all
the seasons of the Twilight Zone, Leave it to Beaver, the Munsters,
Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea, the Adventures of Superman, Undeclared and
Kung
Fu.

Ralph Tomlinson
Audio-visual/reference librarian
Adult Services
Olathe Public Library
201 E. Park Street
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-6850
rtomlinson@olatheks.org

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