Good morning, I'm brand new to the list. I've posted this to the PADG and Archives list as well, but I wanted to get your thoughts on how your institution may be handling VHS tapes. We used to have a policy in place where we would play these tapes to prevent packing, but this hasn't been done in years. Is anyone still doing this? Are you converting VHS tapes to DVD or are you converting them for streaming? Are you replacing these where appropriate (within the constraints of copyright law? How often do you weed, if at all, and how do you "persuade" selectors to work with these collections and make decisions? Are there any other strategies you're using for evaluating existing collections? Also, how are you following or dealing with copyright issues relating to this subject. I appreciate any help. Thanks. --Andy
-- Andrew J. Damico Preservation Librarian Fondren Library - MS44 Rice University 6100 S. Main St. Houston, TX 77005 -1892 PH: 713-348-2602 FAX: 713-348-5862 VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.