Time Out!

Gary Handman ((no email))
Mon, 8 Jan 1996 09:19:00 -0800

OK, folks...time out here. I guess it's time for a little policy and procedure
hocus pocus here, seeing as we're bordering on rancor re "advertising" on
videolib.

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.

Gary Handman
List Manager
UC Berkeley
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu