RE: Academic Media Policy for PALS,SECAM,

Jim Glenn (
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 11:17:40 -0800 (PST)


We have a tri-standard VCR and monitor. It will playback any video tape
from any country in the world. It's mounted on a cart so that students can
use it in our lab, but if an instructor needs to show a Pal or Secam video
in their class our media people can deliver it to the classroom. I don't
know how much they cost these days. This one is old, and wasn't cheap, but
I understand they have come way down in price from what they used to be. I
hope this helps you!!

Jim Glenn
Manager, Media Library
University of California, Riverside

At 10:30 AM 2/26/99 -0800, you wrote:
> 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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