A lot of what various libraries do with VHS depends on checking out
your function; are you an archive or are you there for the students. If
your program at a college is to help students, then digitizing what's
not available would be the route to take. Libraries are allowed to
backup materials otherwise unavailable.
Finding players for VHS which work may be getting harder, but I've seen
many of them in many places; eBay, Craigslist, etc.
The old video discs; those things which were manufactured for a very
short time around 1982-5 or so, might be another thing; a job for
archivists. I haven't run across those machines at all...although our
company used them from time to time to show our training software at
exhibitions. And there were only two companies doing training video
discs around 1980, and by 82 there were at least 10. Several in the
Champaign, Illinois area.
On 7/22/2016 8:36 AM, Jones, Randye wrote:
> A colleague sent me this article:
> Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production, 40 Years after VHS Format Launch
> along with a question about whether this opens up the legitimate copying of VHS not available on other formats.
> He raised a question that's been debated on various discussion lists. I suspect that some will attempt to preserve those VHS recordings unavailable on other formats, just as they have been preserving LP and other audio recordings.
> (Personally, I feel the same way as those who appreciate VHS releases when I listen to some analog audio recordings that have been digitized or watch most films that have been colorized, especially film noire.)
> Our library have been intentionally replacing VHS recordings with DVD for at least the past three years, but this will not address those recordings that aren't available in a digital format. Considering the quantity of VHS still in our collections, keeping working players in-house is going to become an even more challenging, but necessary, effort.
> How are you addressing this, both from a copyright standpoint and an access to equipment issue?
> Sorry for a weighty question on a Friday, but my hanks for your comments.
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