Re: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD

From: <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
Date: Fri Sep 18 2009 - 08:19:08 PDT

...I levitated for days after the call (even though I don't think my reply
represented my finest reference hour).

g.

> Holy moly, the "Mad Men" writers called you? Gary, my already high
> admiration is even higher! (BTW, I'm guessing Roger's daughter's wedding
> on November 23, 1963, will be a bust.)
>
> Karen
>
> Karen G. Ketchaver
> Acquisitions Unit Leader
> Grasselli Library
> John Carroll University
> 20700 North Park Blvd.
> University Hts., Ohio 44118-4581
> U.S.A.
> (216)397-1622 phone/(216)397-1809 fax
>
>
>
> ---- Original message ----
>>Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:08:20 -0700
>>From: ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>>Subject: Re: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD
>>To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
>>
>>Hi Chris
>>
>>Well, pandora or no, if you have a faculty that's into media studies in
>>any way I don't see how one could avoid buying TV.
>>
>>Here's my strategy (for what it's worth)
>>
>>Like you, I approach TV much in the same way I approach film genre
>>collecting: I've tried to collect representative and defining genres,
>>from comedy to cop shows. If the show is significant enough in terms of
>>cultural or political impact, or if it's the first of its type, I collect
>>everything I can get my hands on (yeah, that includes The Simpsons...and
>>Buffy...and Star Trek...and Sex and the City...and...). In other
>>instances, a season or two is probably enough (how much Howdy Doody or
>>Hogan's Heroes or Melrose Place can one collection stand, after all?).
>>Sometimes there's a compelling reason to buy a particular season (but
>>nothing else): e.g. The Puppy Episode of Ellen (where she comes out)...
>>
>>So here's some patented librarian heresy for you in re this subject:
>>which has had the biggest impact on world culture in the past 50 years?
>>Books or TV? TV or books? If we're being honest with ourselves, I think
>>we gotta admit that the tube rules. So why wouldn't a media collection
>> be
>>as assiduous in collecting the spawn of the small screen as we are about
>>the printed page or cinema classics? As for circulating...we'll I think
>>by now I've made myself nauseatingly clear about my personal bias against
>>circulating video collections in general...If, however, your library goes
>>the general circulation route, why NOT TV?
>>
>>Gary H.
>>
>>PS: I gotta say, the high point of my long and checkered career happened
>>last week: I got a harried reference call from the writers of Madmen,
>>trying frantically to find out if the TV news media actually broadcast
>>scenes of JFK lying in state the Saturday after the assassination. [As
>>far as I could determine--in half and hour--no footage of the coffin was
>>shown on Saturday for some strange reason]
>>
>>
>>
>>> 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
>>>
>>> cgodin@alamo.edu (new email as of Aug. 1, 2009)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>
>>
>>Gary Handman
>>Director
>>Media Resources Center
>>Moffitt Library
>>UC Berkeley
>>
>>510-643-8566
>>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
>>
>>"I have always preferred the reflection of life to life itself."
>>--Francois Truffaut
>>
>>
>>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.
>
> 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.
>

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley

510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"I have always preferred the reflection of life to life itself."
--Francois Truffaut

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.
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