[Videolib] 8mm/16mm/35mm films and beta/umatic videos collections

Jeanne Little (jeanne.little@uni.edu)
Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:50:10 -0500

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Greetings, All.

I would like to pose a series of questions about what other academic
and/or public libraries might be doing with their 8mm, 16mm and 35mm
films, and their beta and umatic 3/4" video collections:

Do you currently house any of these formats in your library? If so, what
kind of shape are they in?

Under what conditions are they being stored? (i.e. Room temperature,
lighting, etc.)

Are they accessible to your patrons? If so, do you have any restrictions
on their use?

Do you have the equipment in your library to view these materials on? Or
do you have a technology center on campus that does?

Have you re-mastered any of the older films? If so, what process did you
use? (i.e., internal/on-campus, outside assistance, etc.) How did you
obtain permission to re-master this material?

Assuming you were within copyright regulations, have you copied any of
these formats into either VHS or DVD formats? If so, how did you locate
copyright holder information?

Our academic library now houses all of these types of materials that
used to be handled and checked out to faculty by our Technology Center.
As the projectors previously used to view the films are no longer
readily accessible to our patrons, we are starting to look at this
collection of various mediums as a whole, to determine if we should
consider special storage, handling, and preservation of this material.
We would like to know what kind of costs you have incurred with managing
this type of a collection and if you have any procedures in place you
would like to share with us.

Please send your responses directly to me. I will summarize for the List
if I receive much information.

Thanks in advance for all of your input.


Jeanne Little

email: Jeanne.Little@uni.edu
University of Northern Iowa - Rod Library

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