RE: Academic Media Policy for PALS,SECAM,

Melisa Nicoud (
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 10:30:55 -0800 (PST)

I a receiving more requests and outright purchases of European
PALS and SECAM formats that our faculty want cataloged into our collection.
We have not encouraged these formats for two reasons:
1) NTSC-VHS is preferential for classroom/student use, and
2) We have 2 machines on which these formats can be viewed,
limiting access and usage

These formats are predominantly requested by our foreign language faculty
with the assumption that because they bought them in Europe or because they
in a less than preferable format that we can "just copy them" into NTSC-VHS
(I KNOW the copyright answer to that one!)

My question: How do you deal with these formats? Any
discussion, policy statement or feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Melisa C. Nicoud
Media Librarian
The University of Montana
Mansfield Library
Instructional Media Services
Social Science Bldg.
Missoula, Montana 59812
voice: (406)243-5329
fax: (406)243-4067
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