[Videolib] the future of video, no less

Judith Thomas (jthomas@virginia.edu)
Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:18:12 -0500

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Hi there,

I'm facing a practical dilemma: we've run out of vault (closed
stacks) storage space for our video collection and are contemplating
moving the collection to open stacks. I'd like to use a self-
checkout RFID system for circulation and management. The price tag
on such a system is a high one, so I am of course gazing into the
crystal ball trying to see for how long we'll be using physical
media. I've been assuming we'll see a mixture of physical and online
content for some time to come - but for how long? ITunes, Netflix,
CDigix, Movielink, Movieflix, CinamaNow, Clickstar...Walmart...how
long before the the content, license terms and usage policies make
sense for the specific needs of the higher ed user community? When
will the non-profits and documentary distributors move assertively to
online delivery? And what about the emerging HD formats? Will they
really will tilt the market back towards disks, at least for a
while- I guess until we have ubiquitous high-def broadband to the
desktop? Of course there's no simple answer; some content will work
well for online delivery, some content will need to be viewed in
disc- or tape-based form.

I'm interested learning more about approaches others are taking to
facilities planning for their collections at this interesting point
in time.

And: has anyone implemented a self-checkout RFID system in a
university library?

If you'd like to reply directly to me, I'd be happy to summarize for
the group.

Judith Thomas
Robertson Media Center
University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA 22904
(434) 924-8814 | jthomas@virginia.edu

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Hi there,


=A0I'm facing a practical = dilemma:=A0 we've run out of vault (closed stacks) storage space for our = video collection and are contemplating moving the collection to open = stacks.=A0 I'd like to use a self-checkout RFID system for circulation = and management.=A0 The price tag on such a system is a high one, so I am = of course gazing into the crystal ball trying to see for how long we'll = be using physical media. =A0I've been assuming we'll see a mixture of = physical and online content for some time to come - but for how = long?=A0=A0ITunes, Netflix, CDigix, Movielink, Movieflix, CinamaNow, = Clickstar...Walmart...how long before the the content, license terms and = usage policies make sense for the specific needs of the higher ed user = community? When will the non-profits and documentary distributors move = assertively to online delivery? =A0And what about the=A0emerging HD = formats?=A0 Will they really=A0 will tilt the market back towards disks, = at least for a while- I guess until we have ubiquitous high-def = broadband to the desktop?=A0 Of course there's no simple answer; some = content will work well for online delivery, some content will need to be = viewed in disc- or tape-based form.=A0=A0

I'm interested learning = more about approaches others are taking to facilities planning for their = collections at this interesting point in time.=A0

And:=A0 has anyone = implemented a self-checkout RFID system in a university = library?

If = you'd like to reply directly to me, I'd be happy to summarize for the = group.

=A0

Judith Thomas

Robertson Media Center

University of Virginia Library

Charlottesville, VA 22904

(434) 924-8814 | jthomas@virginia.edu


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