Re: Previewing question

Victoria Caplan (
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 20:45:30 -0700 (PDT)

We use our RTI cleaner and scanner to check for all defects when we
pre-prpcess (before we send to cataloging).

- Victoria Caplan
HKUST Library Media Resources & Microforms

On Tue, 11 Apr 2000 wrote:

> Every VHS video (and, every copy) is previewed before cataloguing to make
> sure that the item is not defective. I personally have previewed every
> non-theatrical video in our collection (I've had this job 11 years now), We
> have more than 6000 titles and more than 8,000 copies. We have run into
> videos with audio and no video, video with no audio, broken shells and gates,
> blank video (2 from A&E) and videos that had no English audio dub that was
> supposed to have. We learned early on that some of the vendors would not
> accept returns for exchange if the items had our labels and other identifying
> materials on them when returned. If you and/or your staff have the time, I
> strongly recommend that VHS items should be closely physically examined and
> previewed before cataloguing.
> We also carry DVD, music CD and cassettes and books on tape and CD. None of
> these items are previewed. However, we do closely examine them for physical
> defects for easier exchange if necessary.
> Good luck with your collection.
> Manager, AV Services
> Morrisson-Reeves Library
> Richmond, IN