Re: Feature films

Mary Gontarek --- Owatonna Public Library (
Thu, 6 May 1999 11:48:08 -0700 (PDT)

Just a quick question. Having worked in a space-challenged library myself for
that past 25 years, I understand the frustrations imposed by the physical
limitations of your library. However, before we built our addition, we
managed to come up with some pretty creative ways to utitlize our limited
space. Do you put your videos out on the floor or keep them behind the desk?
We found that spinners, while not ideal, work quite well when you have limited
floor space. Because I don't know your situation, I don't want to presume too
much but I've found over the years that if you want to find room for something,
you usually can! Also I have to give a great deal of credit to our director,
a videophobe who would rather be force-fed through a nose-tube than have to sit
and watch a video - any video! Still, he recognizes the importance of providing
for both the educational and recreational needs of our community. Over the
years, we have built up very strong community support and we believe that is
one of the reasons we were able to build our recent addition. If you only
think of your video collection as a poor relation to the rest of your collection then you've already set your priorities and I'm sure my opinions won't count
for much. One more reason to have media librarians but that was another thread.
Mary Gontarek
Media Specialist
Owatonna Public Library
Owatonna, MN