Oh dear. Well I assume that you've asked for a subscription to Video Librarian 
Plus already.

I've noticed that Midwest Tape has lots of browsing lists that might prove 
useful for building a collection quickly (and relatively inexpensively so that 
the powers that be don't hyperventilate.) Lists include VRT notables, nominees 
& winners for the various film awards, AFI's top 10, plus their own Buyer's 

Barb Bergman | Media Services & Interlibrary Loan Librarian | Minnesota State 
University, Mankato | (507) 389-5945 | barbara.berg...@mnsu.edu

From: videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu 
[mailto:videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of elizabeth mcmahon
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 3:58 PM
To: videolib
Subject: [Videolib] Core DVD Titles

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you because I have discovered a public library system in a 
mid-sized city (and the capital of that State) that holds virtually NO DVD 
titles in its collections. Gasp, ack!! Hard to believe, but it's the God's 
honest truth. And this is in a metropolitan area where one would just presume 
that of course they would circulate DVDs, for variety but especially 
circulation statistics. Never mind currency and relevancy to the community. 
This could be my golden opportunity if I play my cards right, and I am in the 
midst of formulating my presentation plan.

I write to you, because I am coming from one of the nation's largest public 
libraries, for which DVDs (and music) comprise a hefty bulk of statistics 
collected. A core popular VHS collection was built over thirty years ago. As 
VHS transitioned to DVD, so did we. Often it was merely replacing one for the 
other. So, here's my quandry: Can anyone, or many of you, recommend sources for 
locating basic core DVD titles? At this point I am thinking strictly feature 
films, but in my fevered mind, I would want to introduce documentaries as well. 
TV and the performing arts are just a distant dream.

And while we're at it, if any one, or many of you, have core music lists (which 
strikes me as a more difficult proposition), I would be very interested those 
as well.

If I've piqued anyone's interest, and you'd like to pursue a conversation about 
this, please feel free to contact me off list. I do attest to being staggered 
by this find, and any input for making my case for the introduction of DVDs 
into the collection would be most welcome.

Thanks for your consideration!

Elizabeth McMahon
Formerly of Donnell Media Center
The New York Public Library
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