[Videolib] Recommendations for equipment, furniture, etc.

George Fowler (gfowler@temple.edu)
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 07:49:50 -0500

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Greetings,

I apologize for sending an e-mail that most would consider to be off-topic,
but I could find no other avenue through which I could gain so much
knowledge as quickly as I need it.

I have been tasked with developing specifications for a "start up" media
center in our main campus library. Currently, we have approximately 1,000
DVDs, and various other media, but no way to play them in the library. And,
not being a media librarian, I am mostly clueless as to where to begin.

Current situation:
The space that is now available is approximately 5,000 contiguous square
feet right as you enter our library. This area is two stories tall with
windows all the way around the two walls (allowing for a lot of light -
though fortunately not South facing). We already have plenty of Ethernet
drops and power (area used to be a 100-computer lab). Our current DVD
collection is in filing cabinets behind our circulation desk in a connected
building.

Questions I know to ask:
1. What type of video equipment do you recommend? For DVD, VHS,
multi-region, other media players? For TVs? For computers? Other video
equipment I am unaware of? (Please include brands/model numbers)
2. Where to purchase aforementioned equipment?
3. What type of furniture/carrels?
4. Where to purchase said furniture?
5. How many stations would you recommend? Is there an algorithm?
6. What else am I missing?
7. What other resources are there available to me to assist in this?
8. Are there any examples, preferably with pictures and specs, available in
the literature or on the web?

Please send your responses to me offline.

Thank you in advance for lending me your expertise.

Sincerely,

George

George J. Fowler
Systems Librarian/
Head, Enterprise Systems Unit
Temple University Libraries
(215) 204-5520
gfowler@temple.edu

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Recommendations for equipment, furniture, etc.

Greetings,

I apologize for sending an e-mail that = most would consider to be off-topic, but I could find no other avenue = through which I could gain so much knowledge as quickly as I need = it.

I have been tasked with developing = specifications for a "start up" media center in our main = campus library. Currently, we have approximately 1,000 DVDs, and various = other media, but no way to play them in the library. And, not being a = media librarian, I am mostly clueless as to where to begin.

Current situation:
The space that is now available is = approximately 5,000 contiguous square feet right as you enter our = library. This area is two stories tall with windows all the way around = the two walls (allowing for a lot of light - though fortunately not = South facing). We already have plenty of Ethernet drops and power (area = used to be a 100-computer lab). Our current DVD collection is in filing = cabinets behind our circulation desk in a connected building. =

Questions I know to ask:
1. What type of video equipment do you = recommend? For DVD, VHS, multi-region, other media players? For TVs? For = computers? Other video equipment I am unaware of? (Please include = brands/model numbers)

2. Where to purchase aforementioned = equipment?
3. What type of = furniture/carrels?
4. Where to purchase said = furniture?
5. How many stations would you = recommend? Is there an algorithm?
6. What else am I missing?
7. What other resources are there = available to me to assist in this?
8. Are there any examples, preferably = with pictures and specs, available in the literature or on the = web?

Please send your responses to me = offline.

Thank you in advance for lending me = your expertise.

Sincerely,

George
=A0
George J. Fowler
Systems Librarian/
Head, Enterprise Systems Unit
Temple University Libraries
(215) 204-5520
gfowler@temple.edu

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