Since there was in the past a discussion of the job description for the
Film and Media Library Director at Hofstra, I should give you an update
before I ask my question. Due to budget constraints and some
administrative weirdness (long story), the budget line for that position
was frozen for at least a year (unexpectedly, unanticipatedly, etc.) and
I'm still the acting director, who knows for how long. Please don't use
this as a Hofstra-bashing fest. End of update.
My question is this. I just had an alum call who wants to donate a lot
of videos on military history. I asked him the format and he said some
VHS but lots of "3/4" format. I have to admit total ignorance. What is
"3/4" and should I take it? I told him we didn't have a machine that
would play that (maybe I could scrounge one up somewhere) and he may be
willing to donate a machine. But can someone educate me about what this
is? And even if the information is valuable, would anyone use it? No
one wants VHS anymore but they're stuck with it.
Sarah E. McCleskey
Head of Access Services
112 Axinn Library
123 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
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