RE: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:31:27 -0500

Mike,
I would agree with you that ALA should be reporting on VHS separate from DVD. It may be a dying format but our libraries still carry thousands of VHS and they circulate as much as our DVDs. Many of our patrons only have a VHS player. It is true we rarely purchase in VHS but we are getting donations and still add the classics on VHS to our collection.

I think the film industry was quick to forecast the demise of VHS but they did not take into account the length of time it takes to shift to a new format. They were looking at commercial movie stories instead of libraries.

Renee

Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218/730-4240

>>> <MichaelMay.5652831@bloglines.com> 4/23/2007 3:54 pm >>>
Thanks, Amanda. By video I mean VHS or DVD or any other movie/film format.
We are slowly replacing VHS with DVD too, but DVD popularity appears to be
growing beyond what VHS had been. The phrase "non-print media" wouldn't adequately
reflect this, either.

My question is, if ALA reports "billions served"
and increasing circulation, should videos be mentioned, regardless of format?

Mike

--- Amanda Ros" <tsav@jgrls.org> wrote:

. . .

> ALA's decision
to exclude VHS appears to me to be a response to the fact

> the VHS is a
dying media.

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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.