RE: [Videolib] Black like me

Mike Tribby (
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:34:34 -0600

>From Jessica (and similar sentiments were aired by Jerry):

"FYI that is a REALLY bad idea re throwing out the VHS especially for a
There are TENS of thousands of titles that were released on video that are
not on DVD and many never will be"

All true, I couldn't agree more completely. But as we at QBI are constantly
being told about public and school library patrons, people just won't check
out VHS materials anymore. I think it's awfully short-sighted for any
collection, especially a research collection, to toss all of the VHS
holdings, especially the non-fic stuff, but it gets harder and harder to get
patrons to check 'em out. Seems even weirder since I encounter many more
playback difficulties with DVDs from the library than VHS. Same with books
on CD compared to books on tape.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

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