A question for my fellow media librarians -- what are some of your favorite vendors (i.e. accurate catalog and quick turnaround) for the feature films and widely-available docs that you buy for your collections? Our Acquisitions folks don't like to order frequently via Amazon ("extra paperwork") and our longtime go-to vendor for these kinds of films has fallen off in quality over the past year -- seems to be losing orders, taking a long time to fill them, doesn't seem to have items they advertise on hand, etc. The third-party company they sometimes uses charges a huge premium and takes eons to fulfill most titles. I know there are more than just these three options and have some ideas, but I'd love to hear what other options folks are using that they're very happy with.
Thanks in advance, Meghann Matwichuk Film and Video Collection University of Delaware Library
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