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Libraries seeing interest in special interest DVDs

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 01 Sep 2007 15:26 User comments (14)

Libraries seeing interest in special interest DVDs While libraries have the demand you'd expect for major studio releases, they're also finding that niche markets can be very popular among patrons.
David Callahan, principal librarian of the Media Center at New York’s Donnell Library in Manhattan, says that theatrical box office doesn’t often reflect the demand at a library. Indie titles have a longer shelf life, Callahan says.

“With independent, esoteric stuff by filmmakers like [Jim] Jarmusch, [Hal] Hartley and Todd Haynes, the audience is not as big, but the titles are always in circulation.”

Libraries are also finding that topics of literary interest can find their audience there. “Instead of requesting a book on historical events like Vietnam or the Holocaust, we find that patrons ask if there are any movies on the topic,” says Kathleen Sullivan, collection development coordinator of the Phoenix Public Library.

Despite a lot of interest in home video from many libraries, neither high definition video format, Blu-ray or HD DVD, is showing any real demand from library patrons. This shouldn't be surprising as the type of people most likely to have either format at this point probably are probably buying or renting discs.

Source: Video Business

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14 user comments

11.9.2007 15:59

DVD is here to stay, HD-DVD-Blu-R will have to wait for another 8 years
before sales of this medium becomes mandatory. Its stupid to waste
money to develop future optical storage disks like HVD or Protein coated disks. The research companies who develop these mediums, just make things without ever thinking that no consumer will race to the store every 3 months just to buy a 'next-gen' optical system. What is more odd
is the space, sure its tempting to get a 50 TB disk system. But save space for some quick logic.. Do you even NEED that much space?? Now no
debating.. you just don't. VCR's have been here since the 70's , and people still use them!! And DVD is no exception, blu-ray came here just
to early. What the future hold for optical storage mediums, is unknown but for at least 10 years DVD will still be No.1.

21.9.2007 16:00

all my library has are specieal interest dvds and very popular titles no in bettween

31.9.2007 18:32

my library has a great selection in dvds and the best part it is free unlike blockbuster! I don't mind if they don't have hd media yet and that's because dvds are still better.

41.9.2007 19:32

It seems that a few other members have tapped into the public library as a great way to get moies for free...

51.9.2007 23:54

I,m lucky,my sister works in a library and they can even order new DVDs when they are released,movies as well as specialist subjects.Fishing DVD's are very popular as they retail for £10+ here in the UK and the rental stores are not interested in keeping those type of things.

62.9.2007 1:38

Free Imax and Discovery channel stuff. I even get ps3 titles for free for 2 weeks. I love the library.

72.9.2007 8:34

special interest=porn


*sigh* zippy needs to get laid ><

82.9.2007 9:02
duckNrun
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:-O

aww Zip... say it aint so....lol

But if it is.... I have a real nice cousin down in Cardiff...though I'm not sure how she'd feel about me finding her a shag from an AD forum. But then maybe she'd like the idea of being able to get some 'stress releif' and help with her PC troubles? lmao

:-)

92.9.2007 9:09

Originally posted by duckNrun:
:-O

aww Zip... say it aint so....lol

But if it is.... I have a real nice cousin down in Cardiff...though I'm not sure how she'd feel about me finding her a shag from an AD forum. But then maybe she'd like the idea of being able to get some 'stress releif' and help with her PC troubles? lmao

:-)
LOL

meh zippy is a introverted male that hids from he world, plus I am stuck in rural vill so theres no palce to go out too...then again I dun go out anyway >>
LOL

102.9.2007 9:19

Yah at my library we have a few ps2 and xbox games but mostly pc ones.

112.9.2007 9:24

Originally posted by albino92:
Yah at my library we have a few ps2 and xbox games but mostly pc ones.
I wonder if they have problem with the newer anti consumer protections the media mafia has placed on games :P

122.9.2007 12:14

Originally posted by ZIppyDSM:
special interest=porn


*sigh* zippy needs to get laid ><
Careful there Zippy, I might misread your comment and assume that the porn be filed in the "Self Help" section and not special interest...

132.9.2007 12:17

Quote:
Originally posted by ZIppyDSM:
special interest=porn


*sigh* zippy needs to get laid ><
Careful there Zippy, I might misread your comment and assume that the porn be filed in the "Self Help" section and not special interest...
DYI most likely,well not quite, more like anatomy and molding(I always wanted to know how its made).

:P

1410.9.2007 0:45

This a great addition to libraries around the world to go into the digital age.

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