Videolib is a list whose stated purpose is to serve as a form for discussions
re issues of interest to video librarians and other video users, as a resource
for reference and problem solving, as an information dissemination mechanism
for national issues concerning video and other moving image media. Videonews
on the other hand, is intended expressly as a place for announcing new video
products and services--advertisements, if you will. One problem which seems
to be unavoidable is that there is frequently a kind of fuzzz between the two
lists: eg librarian A asks for cool videos on sand castle making, and Vendor
B. offers relevant titles in his/her catalog; librarian B asks about the
availability of an obscure titles, and Vendor C comes to the rescue...
It seems to me that there is a difference between solicited and unsolicited
commercial information, and that's where the cut should be: solicited
response seems perfectly appropriate for videolib; unsolicited announcements
should be limited to videonews.
Re vendor participation: be it known to all that the Video Round Table has
VERY vigorously solicited participation from vendors (i.e. video producers
and distributors) in all of its activities. The library/vendor community in
videoland is particularly symbiotic, and I think that it is absolutely essen-
tial that we continue to work closely with each other to bring quality product
and service to the viewing public.
Media Resources Center