RE: Unavailable? and The Long Tail

Melissa Riley (
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:55:57 -0700

Excuse my ignorance, but have you all discussed the Long Tail? This was an article in Wired (and now a just-published book) by its editor, Chris Anderson. He spoke at ALA for the Commons Membership Initiative Group, of which I am a member.

If not, I will supply some links. I would love for librarians to develop arguments about how these ideas relate to our practices and purposes, making libraries more able to meet diverse needs and interests, as opposed to making "niche" titles available mostly through eBay, if at all.

Movies and movies on DVD (or even video) clearly occupy a special spot on the tail--one which needs to be examined.

Melissa Riley

San Francisco Public Library