Re: Previewing question

Tue, 11 Apr 2000 10:40:42 -0700 (PDT)

I'd say we return 1 video tape in 50 due to defects. The media services
staff and students preview them for glitches only. We watch beginning,
middle, and end, and fast forward through the rest. It takes about
5 minutes per title.
We don't purchase videotapes unless they are recommended by a faculty
member, or
someone on the library staff, in support of the curriculum here. We
think of our collection as
a "teaching collection."
We keep the videos in closed stacks, and circulate them from the media they don't need tattle tapes,and don't get zapped when they
leave the building.
We don't collect many audio cassettes.
Hope this helps.

"margit j. smith" <> on 04/11/2000
11:06:53 AM

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Hello, Videolib members

I am brand-new to this list, and have several questions already.

How much time do you spend, on average, in previewing videos etc. before
cataloging them? What seems to be the rate with which you have to return
material because of faults in production? Who does the previewing? What
about cassettes?

Is there a security strip, tattle tape or similar product, for videos,
and if so, where is it applied?

I will appreciate any information you care to share. Thanks.


Margit J. Smith, Asst. Prof.
Head of Technical Services
Copley Library
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492