Re: Feature films

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Wed, 5 May 1999 16:47:37 -0700 (PDT)

I don't think my comments will provide any ammunition for your plans! I'm
curious why you think LA County PL collects "too much" feature film on
video. What's your basis for that judgment? Is it that they don't
circulate? Is it that you are unable to buy more urgently needed
videorecordigs? Who makes the decisions concerning what your library
buys? I don't think you will find many public or academic libraries that
do NOT collect feature films on video. In my academic library they
fulfill a critical need to support film studies and many other
disciplines. Faculty in just about all disciplines that use both popular
more esoteric feature films for a variety of educational purposes. I
frankly find it inconceivable that a public library would NOT collect
feature films on video, unless their librarians have a bias against
certain forms of artistic expression, communication, and entertainment.
It's like asking if there are any libraries that do not buy fiction.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Wed, 5 May 1999, Leslie Andersen wrote:

> Hi all - I'm interested in those libraries that do NOT collect feature film
> video. Here at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, we collect
> feature film and IMO often too much. I know that many libraries do not
> collect it at all. How do you justify it? Do you have a written policy?
> How many complaints have you received? I'm looking to restrict the
> amount of feature film video we purchase here and am unabashedly
> looking for *ammunition*. Any comments on the issue are welcomed.
> Thanks very much -
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Leslie Andersen
> Non-Print Materials Evaluator
> County of Los Angeles Public Library