Collection Development

7 Deadly Sins of Video

Steve Fesenmaier writes: \"Facets Video, in Chicago, has produced a very useful guide to the “7 deadly sins of video collecting.”
Here they are briefly:


1. Forgetting that public libraries are not video stores. 2. Ignoring newer foreign and indie films. 3. Marginalizing or minimizing the video collection. 4. Animation=Disney=Children 5. Neglecting classic, indie, and foreign titles become of expense 6. Treating AFI list of 100 “greatest” as the gospel 7. Defining “indie” as “indiewood”. -- Read More

Only Librarian in World Included in Facets Survey

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
Facets Multimedia, arguably the world\'s highest quality distributor of videos and DVDs, has published its second Movie Movers Video Guide. This year they asked eighty people around the world - \"filmmakers, cinematographers, writers, artists and movie buffs\" to send them their list of their \"ten most influential films\". I was one of those people - here is the list I gave them... -- Read More

Library acquires Larkin\'s lawnmower

Charles Davis passed along This Guardian Story that says A lawnmower believed to have been the inspiration for one of Philip Larkin\'s last published - and best known - poems has
become one of the most unusual additions to the University of
Hull\'s archives.

Archivist Brian Dyson said it was likely the machine was the
one Larkin was using when he accidentally killed a hedgehog,
which inspired the poem, The Mower, published in 1979.

Library Rejects KKK Tape Citing Lack of Educational Content

A promotional videotape for the Ku Klux Klan won\'t be added to a North Carolina public library\'s collection because, officials say, it was \"poorly produced and lacks educational content.\" The likelihood that this tape would have even lasted long is slim. Someone would have undoubtedly stolen it, just because of where it came from. More
Ryan posted an earlier story Here.

Where to Spend Our E-journal Money?

A preprint of an article that will appear in the forthcoming issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy:

This paper identifies core journals in the life sciences for Cornell University researchers by analyzing the frequency of Cornell-authored citations in Biosis Previews between 1996 and 2001. The distribution frequency of journals confirms Bradford’s Law of Scatter or the 80/20 Rule. The top 240 journals, providing 80% of the citations, were analyzed by publisher type and institutional subscription price. In general, journals from society and associations received the highest number of citations and were priced considerably lower than commercial journals. The methodology described is a fast, no-cost, and scalable procedure that can be adapted to various subject databases, and may be used to provide guidance on which titles to purchase for electronic access.

Thanks to the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter.

Man, 97, bequeaths gay porn collection

A 97-year-old man is giving a vast collection of gay porn films, videos and magazines to his local town library.

The man, who lives in Rovereto in the north of Italy, began collecting gay erotica in the 1930s. According to the Italian publication Supereva, the pensioner says the collection includes \"all the masterpieces of the best gay porn directors.\"

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Collection Development: SIC or NAICS?

Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen write...

\"It\'s been a slow journey. Okay, we\'ll admit it. It started with curiosity and collection development. With most everyone examining print collections for web replacements, often with a critical eye on dates, coverage and duplication, even reference collections are being questioned. And there\'s really no need to keep that SIC Manual, is there? It\'s over ten years old and it\'s been replaced with the NAICS, so can\'t we use that shelf space for something else, or better yet, use the web? And the answer is, of course, yes and no.\" more... from LLRX.

Ask Slashdot: Computer Books For A Library?

Who would\'ve ever though Slashdot would be a good Collection Development source?
Not me, but it turns out we were all wrong.

This Ask Slashdot story is from a fellow looking for recommendations on what computer books to buy for a library. As always the slashdot masses came through in spectacular fashion with many good ideas.
So if you are in need of some ideas for the library at home or work, check it out.

\"We\'re getting killed by price increases\"

The Minnesota Daily
reports on the impact of journal subscription price increases on the University of Minnesota\'s libraries:

\"We\'re getting killed by price increases\" across all scientific and engineering fields, said University of Minnesota librarian Tom Shaughnessy. The gap between technical journal price increases of 10 percent each year and inflationary budget increases of only 3 percent leads to cutbacks in the number of journals, he said. Since 1995-96, University libraries have cut nearly 450 technical journals -- nearly one in five -- to keep up.

[via New Pages and Excite News]

Random Numbers

Conducting a collection survey? Today\'s New York Times profiles several free online purveyors of random numbers that can assist you in getting a valid sample...

Pay a visit to the home page of [a] purveyor of unpredictability, called Hotbits, and you will hear what sounds like the erratic clicking of a Geiger counter. It is the sound of neutrons in a radioactive substance spewing out electrons and gamma rays as they decay. This decay is random, as guaranteed by laws of quantum mechanics, so by training a Geiger counter on a sample of krypton 85 and feeding the signal to a computer, Hotbits generates a constant stream of random digits. Just fill out an electronic form, saying how many bits you want and they will be dispatched immediately over the Internet. . . -- Read More

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