Q. With the increased use of DVD systems it has been suggested that we convert our VHS library of educational videos in VHS format to DVD. Is it a copyright violation to convert to DVD and discontinue use of the VHS tapes?
Q. I was just reading Theodore Jones’ “Carnegie Libraries Across America” (Wiley, 1997) and saw a reference to Gladys Powers who served as the librarian in the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library for 67 years (from 1921 to 1988). Is that a record?
Q. I saw this week’s article at the Huffington Post website about movie librarians, Librarians Save The Day! 11 Great Movies In Which They Star. I was very surprised to see a film there starring one of my favorite actresses, Bette Davis, that I never heard of! By any chance, can ALA tell me anything about Storm Center (1956)? I’m hoping to add it to my list of requested films from that online DVD rental service.
Q. Several patrons have come in wanting to donate books and magazines to our library. Most are not appropriate for our library collection, and even our Friends cannot accept all of these donations to sell. Do you have any other resources we can direct them to?
Q. I’m an events coordinator for an independent book store. We try to do author events frequently, often in collaboration with our town’s library. The librarian suggested I look into the resources from ALA. What do you have?
Q. We have demand for new programming, but there isn’t new funding in sight, so we’re thinking about expanding our volunteer program beyond helping with the annual book sale. Do you have any resources that might help us manage our library volunteer program better?
Q. I keep reading about recent closings of public libraries or proposed closings of branches in some larger cities, and I recall that others, such as in Salinas, CA, closed but re-opened. How many libraries have, in fact, been closed? I hope it isn't many, as I've also been reading about increased library usage, and I would hate to see cutting libraries viewed as a tool for dealing with strained budgets.