Re: [Videolib] VHS to DVD conversion policies

From: Brewer, Michael <>
Date: Thu Jun 11 2009 - 08:55:58 PDT

Please use the Section 108 tool I created with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. It should help:


Michael Brewer
Team Leader for Undergraduate Services
University of Arizona Library<>

From: [] On Behalf Of Shoaf,Judith P
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] VHS to DVD conversion policies

The policy is: it is illegal so we will never do it.
The exception would be a public-domain film.
The other exception would involve the following situation: if no copy is available in a format which your library supports, the library may transfer a legal copy to a format it does support, but only for use in the library. I think the library in question has to be open to the public, too.

You might want to check the archives for last week, which have a lively discussion of this very situation.

Judy Shoaf

From: [] On Behalf Of Slade, Samantha
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:23 AM
Subject: [Videolib] VHS to DVD conversion policies

Hello everyone -

I searched the archives of this list, but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. I was hoping that you could share insight about VHD-to-DVD conversion policies for your university libraries' collections. We are looking to craft one here, and would love to know how other institutions have handled this, particularly with titles that are not available for purchase on DVD. Also, after you created such a policy, did you have university legal counsel review it?


Samantha E. Slade
Media / Digital Services Librarian
La Salle University
Connelly Library
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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