Out of my hands and onto your computer.

Ah, the humble library DVD. What an exciting life you lead! If you’re lucky, you may get to visit two hundred or more homes before you are forced into an honorable (yet scratchy) retirement. But alas, sometimes I have to decommission you after a mere handful of trips out into the world – often you and your kin come home broken, chipped, gnawed, sticky, or smelling of substances that I do not care to identify (especially in a polite public blog such as this).

I come to tell you, my shiny circular friends, that your days are numbered. For as much as we love you (and as much as the VHS purists/Luddites still reject you), I must tell you that there is a new kid in town, one who will make my life a heck of a lot easier and save me a great deal of hand washing.

You see, my spinning subjects, our glorious library is now offering two (two!) downloadable video services, with over one thousand titles that customers can download and watch on their computers (or on their TVs, if they are video card nerds like me).

All of this exciting video stuff – and the slightly less exciting audio stuff – can be accessed from the eCLP home page. Here’s what we’ve got:

OverDrive: Entertainment and Informational collections, featuring action, classics, comedy, science fiction, TV series, documentaries, health & fitness and loads more – some of it wonderfully weird. You’ll need a valid Allegheny County library card (a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card will do it), high speed internet access, and our super special software.

MyLibrary DV: The same basic subjects listed above, but also featuring movies that you’ve actually heard about! You’ll need a valid Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card, high speed internet access, and our super special software.

So remember, my little DVD pals, your days are numbered. Now get out there and get downloading, people!



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2 responses to “Out of my hands and onto your computer.

  1. Laurie

    Amy – Enjoyed your ode to DVDs. The Mayo Clinic’s instructions about handwashing are, of course, priceless. I’m sure you’ve helped to stop the spread of the flu in Allegheny County — Kudos!
    I was going to comment that singing Happy Birthday helped determine the proper length of time to wash one’s hands, but then I saw it noted under the “Children’s handwashing” section. Hey, us adults need to sing, too!

  2. I wonder if the Mayo Clinic is willing to pay for all of the violations of copyright law arising from their “Happy Birthday” recommendation?

    It vaguely reminds me of how my CPR instructor taught us that chest compressions should be delivered at 100 beats per minute – the same speed as both “Stayin’ Alive” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” You can probably guess which song was stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

    Not that this has anything at all to do with downloadable videos.


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