[Videolib] Videos vs DVDs

Marynelle Chew (chewm@byuh.edu)
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 13:23:29 -1000

We are a medium-smallish academic library.

We don't deliberately purchase a VHS unless that's the only format something
is offered in. Not all vendors have made the switch to DVD. Just as,
amazingly enough, some audiovisual materials are still offered as
audiocassettes only. I have no qualms about transferring an audiocassette to
CD, but I don't think VHS is "dead" enough for us to go around transferring
our VHS collection to DVD.

Currently our VHS:DVD ratio is 7:1.

I don't anticipate waving goodbye our VHS collection any time soon. We are,
however, systematically purchasing DVD versions for the most popular VHS
titles. Eventually the ones that are left will naturally self-select
themselves out either because they aren't playable or they haven't been

And then, of course, the VOD storm cloud is on the horizon. I'd like to duck
and cover on that one.

Marynelle Chew
Head, Technical Services
Joseph F. Smith Library
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
55-220 Kulanui St. #1966
Laie, HI 96762

tel: 808-293-3863
fax: 808-293-3877
email: chewm@byuh.edu


Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:03:21 -0500
From: "Amanda Ros" <tsav@jgrls.org>
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Nothing about videos in ALA's State of Libraries


Videos continue to circulate at a fairly steady pace in 7 of our 8
branches. While we are not purchasing videos, patrons are donating them
left and right--presumably because they are replacing them with DVD's or
their kids have outgrown the cartoons.

ALA's decision to exclude VHS appears to me to be a response to the fact
the VHS is a dying media. It is getting more and more difficult to find
VHS supplies from our vendors. But, given that libraries still carry
videos, I think that they should consider addressing them.

I'm curious though. How many of your libraries still have VHS
collections? Are you (the powers that be) considering dumping the
collection? If your library doesn't carry VHS but did at 1 time, how
long ago did you get rid of your VHS collection?

Amanda Ros
AV Cataloger
Jackson-George Regional Library

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.