Re: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD

From: Sandra Macke <>
Date: Thu Sep 17 2009 - 17:16:11 PDT

I'm a co-selector for our general video collections and I declared this year to be the year of the television show. We spent a good deal of our video budget on shows from All in the Family to Fawlty Towers to Seinfeld to Extras (and a whole bunch of stuff in between)

If you wouldn't hesitate to buy a book explaining the role of leadership in the Sopranos for your collection, why would you hesitate in buying the source material?

Also I wouldn't think to question what the faculty uses for their coursework. Our role is to support the research and teaching needs of our community. If they want a Shot of Love with Tila Tequila well will get it for them. If you deny them what they need for teaching they may not come back the next time.

This isn't a Pandora Box, it's an opportunity to meet your faculty's need.


Sandra Macke
Catalog Librarian
Penrose Library, University of Denver<>
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From: [] On Behalf Of GODIN, CHRISTINE
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:27 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD

Sorry for cross-posting!

Do you get requests from faculty for DVDs of popular television shows that they want to use to illustrate a theme or topic? I see a real Pandora's Box here. We recently had requests for a season of The Simpsons (shudder!) and The Office (five seasons!). We did purchase some West Wings a few years ago at the request of some government instructors. And I have added some representative TV shows to illustrate how TV has changed over the decades (I Love Lucy, Sex and the City are examples). I really want to meet the needs of the faculty but I am tempted to send them to Blockbuster. These items would be in reserve and not available to other patrons to check out. I see a problem.

What say you??

Christine Crowley Godin
Dean of Learning Resources
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
210.486.4572 voice
210.486.4504 fax (new email as of Aug. 1, 2009)

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