Re: [Videolib] Netflix - again

James Scholtz (jimscholtz@sdln.net)
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:59:34 -0500

Hi Folks, Netflix or Blockbuster - interesting. In the public library
arena, we have always used leased sources like Landmark for CD audiobooks,
AC audiobooks - why not a similar model for videos/DVDs. Many libraries are
looking into providing databases with streamed audio and video content,
downloadable on demand (fee or free, your choice?). So, the idea of a
contract with Netflix to provide movies to libraries seems innovative,
reasonable and very cost efficient/effective in terms of problem-solving and
use of public funds. I'm going to look into it. Jim Scholtz. Yankton
Community Library.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Handman" <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
To: <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Netflix - again

> Hmmm...interesting. I never, ever vaguely assume to speak for public
> libraries or librarians (being the clueless academic that I am), but I
> wonder how short-term rental to meet public demand fits in with the
> service mandate and philosophy of libraries. Seems to me its sorta like a
> culinary school having pizzas delivered because there isn't enough
> mozzarella to go around.
>
> ...but what do I know?
>
> Gary
>
>
> Gary Handman
> Director
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> 510-643-8566
> ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>
> "You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is
> aimless,
> it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld
>
> On Tue, 13 Feb 2007, John Vallier wrote:
>
>> Hi, Gary:
>>
>> Such an account might ease the demand on our more popular titles. For
>> example, our copy of Da Vinci Code currently has 25 holds: http://
>> tinyurl.com/yoyrro I don't want 25 copies of Da Vinci Code.
>>
>> And we do buy "stuff" outright. Here's a list of new titles for
>> January 07: http://www.lib.washington.edu/Media/new/dvds0107.html
>>
>> Thanks for asking,
>>
>> John
>> _________
>> John Vallier
>> Head, Multimedia Services
>> University of Washington Libraries | Media Center
>> Box 353080, Seattle, WA 98195-3080
>> (206) 616-1210 Fax: (206) 685-8485
>> http://www.lib.washington.edu/media/
>>
>> On Feb 13, 2007, at 11:27 AM, Gary Handman wrote:
>>
>> > Hi John...
>> >
>> > And why would one set up a NetFlix account rather than buying the
>> > stuff outright?
>> >
>> > Gary Handman
>> >
>> >
>> > At 11:03 AM 2/13/2007, you wrote:
>> >> Hello:
>> >>
>> >> I wanted to share the following email string I had with Netflix.
>> >> Despite their unwillingness, I'm still interested setting up an
>> >> account for our Media Center. Does anyone have a contact at Netflix
>> >> that made it possible for their institution to subscribe? "Alliances"
>> >> doesn't seem interested.
>> >>
>> >> Thank you!
>> >>
>> >> John
>> >> http://www.lib.washington.edu/media/
>> >>
>> >> Begin forwarded message:
>> >>
>> >>> From: "Alliances" <alliances@netflix.com>
>> >>> Date: January 22, 2007 2:12:39 PM PST
>> >>> To: "John Vallier" <vallier@u.washington.edu>, "Alliances"
>> >>> <alliances@netflix.com>
>> >>> Cc: <jveldof@umn.edu>
>> >>> Subject: RE: Library Accounts
>> >>>
>> >>> If they have opened an account they have done so without our
>> >>> knowledge
>> >>> or permission.
>> >>>
>> >>> -----Original Message-----
>> >>> From: John Vallier [ mailto:vallier@u.washington.edu]
>> >>> Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 2:03 PM
>> >>> To: Alliances
>> >>> Cc: jveldof@umn.edu
>> >>> Subject: Re: Library Accounts
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks for you email, though I'm a bit confused. It seems that some
>> >>> libraries do have Netflix accounts: http://www.lanecc.edu/library/
>> >>> services/netflix.htm
>> >>> I notice this one is limited to faculty and staff. Is that the issue
>> >>> here?
>> >>> Thanks,
>> >>> -John
>> >>> _________
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>> On Jan 22, 2007, at 1:35 PM, Alliances wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>>> Thank you for your interest in Netflix. We currently don't have
>> >>>> the
>> >>>> legal rights to sell to people who will be sharing movies with a
>> >>>> larger
>> >>>> audience (libraries, universities, assisted living, etc.) We will
>> >>>> keep
>> >>>> your information on file should our situation change.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Best,
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Netflix
>> >>>>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion
>> >> of issues relating to the selection, evaluation,
>> >> acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of
>> >> current and evolving video formats in libraries and related
>> >> institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective
>> >> working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of
>> >> communication between libraries,educational institutions, and
>> >> video producers and distributors.
>> > Gary Handman
>> > Director
>> > Media Resources Center
>> > Moffitt Library
>> > UC Berkeley
>> > ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>> > http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
>> >
>> > "In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of
>> > life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."
>> >
>> > --Guy Debord
>>
>> VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
>> issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
>> control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
>> libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve
>> as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel
>> of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
>> producers and distributors.
>>
>
> VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
> issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
> control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
> libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve
> as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of
> communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
> producers and distributors.
>

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.