[Videolib] VHS tapes to DVD (government agency)

Daren Callahan (dcallaha@lib.siu.edu)
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 15:43:30 -0500

Dear all,

Although the issue of copying VHS tapes to DVD for circulation as been
discussed at length on the list (for which I am very grateful), I don't
remember if government agency productions were discussed. The library
liaison who accepted VHS tapes of "Practical evaluation of public health
programs" / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1998) as a gift,
would like us to copy the material to DVDs and circulate both formats.
The associate dean told us that since this title has been issued by a
government agency and as such, is in the public domain, we are free to
make DVD copies and circulate both.

Before we proceed, I wanted to get your expert opinions.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Daren Callahan
Associate Professor/Head, Cataloging Dept.
Library Affairs, Mailcode 6632
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph: 618-453-7681
Fax: 618-453-3452

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