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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Tragedy of Obsolescent Formats 

Most of the local population has discarded their old VCRs after upgrading to DVD machines, and VCR players are becoming hard to find. The library still has a couple of VHS viewing stations, which primarily seem to serve as a comfortable place for patrons to come down off of drugs and alcohol as they while away the time until their next SSI disability check arrives and they can re-up. (OH I KID, I KID) Often patrons will come in and ask to view their own personal VHS tapes, but there is a strict policy that only tapes belonging to the library can be watched, so they are turned away. I thought this was because the library feared liability issues with damaged tapes, but now I see the wisdom of the policy after a patron came in wanting to view a big stack of his VHS format porno. This guy really had no shame, because after a lot of indignant huffing he then demanded that the librarian look up places around town where he could view his tapes.

Comments:
"which primarily seem to serve as a comfortable place for patrons to come down off of drugs and alcohol as they while away the time until their next SSI disability check arrives and they can re-up."

Really? This is that kind of library blog? This is the first post I've read, and it doesn't look good.
 
I guess Anonymous doesn't work in a public library. Really.
 
Looks like the first Anonymous was hoping for a lively discussion on the Dewey Decimal System.

Nice to have you back Foxy.

Martin
 
I guess the first Anonymous hasn't a sense of humor in addition to not having public library experience.
 
I thought of you today whilst reading the NYTimes Book review from last Sunday. The main character in one book in the fiction round-up sports your name!

Hope you're doing well, friend.

- Meg
 
Oh, wow. I was just working on a post about VHS tapes! Great librarian minds, and all that.
 
Dewey... sounds like a porn star name.
 
Welcome back to the InterWeb. Now I have something to do at work. See you in the stacks...
 
The funny thing about VHS is that when I talk to kids these days, some don't even know what I'm talking about. VHS's are so foreign these days that unless you grew up with them, you don't even know what they are! Pretty nuts to see how technology has changed.
 
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