Re: [Videolib] Pricey DVDs

From: Blane Halliday <>
Date: Thu Nov 12 2009 - 09:49:12 PST

Hi All,

As Ralph mentioned, we--as a medium-sized public library on an increasingly
limited budget (with ever-increasing scrutiny on how we spend our dwindling
funds)--similarly find it difficult to justify the purchase the works of the
smaller distributors, even though their content is often very, very good.

And as a public library, where our DVD circulation is quite high,
approaching 50 percent of our overall circulation, it is not uncommon for a
single disc to receive 200-300 or more circulations (I have a copy of 'The
Red Violin' with over 600 circulations!!!). However, many of the smaller
distributors produce their DVDs as DVD-R's (or some variation thereof).
These do not hold up well for mass circulations, and are thus often
withdrawn earlier in their lifespan than I would like...making their
increased cost even less of a value to us.

Blane Halliday
Branch Manager, Vanderbilt Beach Library
Collier County Public Library
788 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34108
(239) 597-8444

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Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:27:20 -0600
From: "Ralph Tomlinson" <>
Subject: [Videolib] Pricey DVDs
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As a public librarian, who has to answer to the local taxpayers, it's really
hard for me to purchase titles from Bullfrog and other retailers who charge
more than $25 or $30 for DVDS. I have purchased a few documentaries that hit
the $100 range, but it's rare and often driven by requests. I love the work
that Bullfrog, MEF and other small, indie groups distribute, but much as I'd
like to fill shelves with their DVDs, I just can't do it.

Ralph Tomlinson
Audio-visual/reference librarian
Adult Services
Olathe Public Library
201 E. Park Street
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-6850

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