Re: videos on ILL

Jim Glenn (jglenn@ucrac1.ucr.edu)
Tue, 21 Mar 2000 11:38:25 -0800 (PST)

We interlibrary loan most of our materials within the University of
California system, but I have mixed feelings about the process. I think
it's great to share materials, but it can also cause problems. I've been
told that interlibrary loan should be a three week turnaround for our
materials to be returned to us. But most of the time it can take three or
four months. Meanwhile, many times we don't know what our faculty want
until they walk in the door expecting what they want to be here.
Unfortunately, many faculty don't understand the words planning and
organization. Just this past quarter one of our dance videos was loaned to
another campus. Someone made a copy of that video and then when it was
returned they returned the copy and not our original. A couple of years ago
we loaned a video of an Hispanic literary workshop that was held at USC
many years ago. The campus that requested it, lost it. It's out-of-print so
it can't be replaced. And when I have loaned motion pictures, which I don't
do anymore, they would be returned not rewound and not on their original
reels. And finally, as I said earlier, it's great to share materials, but
it's also unfair when we loan our materials, but other campuses don't
reciprocate.

Jim Glenn
Manager, Media Library
University of California, Riverside