Re: VRT Newsletter and Opinion Poll

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 09:27:59 -0800 (PST)

I'm replying to Jim's inquiry as a long-time VRT member.

I've read the previous replies and I think that Chris Lewis's summarizes
my overall reaction: I don't think that it's expensive to produce the
newsletter and I am adamantly opposed to discontinuing the paper version.
I *do* think that back issues should be available on the VRT web site, but
the print version is easy to read and provides a service to our members
who do not have ready access to the Internet. In our user surveys many
members have cited the newsletter as the most important benefit of VRT
membership. Many joined VRT to receive the newsletter. We should not
abandon this service to our members.

I think it's a problem conducting this poll on Videolib. We are all
obviously email users. I have the necessary Web browser and Adobe
Acrobat. However, we may not be representative of the entire membership.
I also think that the opinions of people who are *not* VRT members (please
join!) should be considered separately from those who are. People
who are not members have probably never seen the newsletter. Maybe this
should have gone to the Executive Committee first... It's VRT business.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Mon, 6 Dec 1999, Jim Scholtz 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.