Re: [Videolib] VHS to DVD conversion policies

From: Merle J. Slyhoff <>
Date: Thu Jun 11 2009 - 09:20:05 PDT

Isn't the statement "if no copy is available in a format which your
library supports" the same as an earlier discussion centering on a
library's policy not to collect any format except DVD? Wasn't that



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[] On Behalf Of Shoaf,Judith P
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:41 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


[] On Behalf Of Slade,
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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