As times change, so does technology. VHS tapes are rarely even made anymore. At the Kathryn A. Martin Library a surplus of old VHS tapes is being given away to the public this week.
Matt Rosendahl, the Library Director at University of Minnesota Duluth wold me, "VHS is a format that is starting to evolve away, our classroom technology is no longer maintained to support VHS"
If your hoping to find some of those classic movies on VHS, you may be disappointed.
"We've had some people coming in looking for Hollywood blockbusters and your going to find few if any of those. These are largely non–fiction instructional, subject specific videos your going to see here." said Rosendahl.
An assortment of documentaries, how–to's, and educational films can be found. Cheryl Husby says she has an interest in the arts so she came to UMD to see what she could find.
"So I'm looking for anything about painting, and I play several instruments and I'm in a band and so I'm looking for things about the stage or performing and stage makeup. I have a girl from the band coming to look at some of it with me to decide what we can and can't use." Husby told me.
Be kind and rewind, that was the saying, but now reduce, reuse and recycle is the motto to go with and UMD hopes to reuse some of the video off of the VHS's and put them onto DVDs or even streaming them online. Some of the VHS tapes may be left behind, but that's where phase two of the program kicks in.
Rosendahl said, "Then we'll work with our local recycling companies or electronics disposal companies to make sure we handle these properly. Given there is magnetic tape, plastic in the VHS and the cases we need to make sure we dispose of these properly and ethically."
There were 3–thousand 8–hundred VHS tapes up for grabs, which is only a little more than half of what the schools stockpile of tapes was.
The rest are still being used or will be converted to a digital format.
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