I'm not so sure that's a good thing for a media librarian to admit.
It's like an art history professor not knowing Rembrandt. It's time to
take Gold Rush out of the library!
At the same time, I have to say that definitive proclamations of what
the internet will or will not bring is way too premature. I do think
there will be the internet for access, but there is a desperate need
for archiving and preserving materials. I'm sure you agree with this,
but I do worry about everybody's reliance (and their financial
resources) on the internet for information -- as the internet can be a
very fragile system.
I have to say that there will come a time when most films will be
available online, and there will be a time where distributors will be
dropping like flies. Why should Gaumont license films to a distributor
in the US when they can collect the money directly from the
individual? And this will be an extremely two-edged sword.
-- Dennis Doros Milestone Film & Video PO Box 128 Harrington Park, NJ 07640 Phone: 201-767-3117 email: email@example.com www.milestonefilms.com www.killerofsheep.com 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.