> Ok I know this is going to sound self serving but isn't something besides
> Hollywood crap and $500 tapes on East TImor?
> What I have never understood about many public library collections is why
> they are so filled with popular crap. What percentage of the book budget of
> the library goes to Top Ten best sellers versus
> say serious non-fiction and novels ? I can not imagine that most libraries
> spend the bulk of their print budget on books by Turow and Sparks or diet
> books. Yet somehow the video budget get spent mostly on Disney or the
> blockbuster titles. I had always hoped the mission of public libraries
> be to make available titles that are NOT readily available at the local
> Blockbuster store.
> This would presumably include foreign films, classic films, documentaries
> etc. I know that most people on this list DO try to collect these types of
> films but most branch libraries I see, rarely have much of this and what
> they do have is often poorly selected and junky (cheapie PD stuff).
> I know we have been over this issue before but I have seen very little
> change in the market.
> I often get calls from people desperately looking for one of our foreign or
> silent titles and since I know that outside of a major city it is not going
> to be in a store for rental, I suggest the library. they almost never find
> it there.
> Since there is now so much outsourcing going on, I expect the situation
> "specialty" videos will only get worse in public library collections.
> The ever cynical
> Jessica Rosner