Re: VRT Newsletter and Opinion Poll

Chris Lewis (
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 15:17:44 -0800 (PST)

I started writing a much longer message and then found that I kept finding new
tangents to go off on so I dumped it in favor of simply saying that I am
adamantly opposed to eliminating the hard copy of the newsletter and as the
current VRT treasurer see no reason why this is even being considered when it
is simply not necessary. I just don't buy the premise that the cost of
reproducing and mailing an 8-page newsletter is "very expensive" and is thus
forcing us to consider this action.

Chris Lewis wrote:

> Hi All you VRT members,
> This is just a note to tell you that the Fall VRT Newsletter will be
> winging its way to your mailbox (snail-mail wise, that is) soon. Tom
> Fowler is finished crafting and duplicating and is awaiting mailing labels
> from ALA. We are sorry for the delay, but the timing will be just perfect
> before the Midwinter ALA meetings in San Antonio. I can hardly wait.
> I would like to hear from all VRT members on this issue. I'd even like to
> hear from potential VRT members and videolist serv lurkers (please indicate
> preference here) on this issue. The VRT newsletter is very expensive to
> duplicate and, since we are supposed to be one of the more technology-wise
> groups in ALA, it seems only logical that we consider putting our
> newsletter on our website either as an HTML document or downloadable .pdf
> format. So I'd like to hear from people...
> 1) Do you think putting the VRT Newsletter on our website is a good idea?
> (We would probably stop hard copy printing)
> 2) Do you have access to a PC/web browser and Adobe Acrobat 2.0 or
> greater?
> 3) Do you have an individual e-mail address to send the newsletter to?
> (this may sound like a dumb question since I'm talking to you over e-mail)
> 4) What barriers do you see for yourself in placing the newsletter on the
> website?
> Thanks for your input. Just remember, if I don't hear anything from you
> folks, I'm going to bring it up to the Executive Committee and make it
> happen - cause right now I think that it's a good idea. Jim Scholtz.