RE: Audio question

Carson Block (
Fri, 18 Aug 2000 15:14:13 -0700 (PDT)


I don't know of any published stats, but as I'm sure you know cassettes are
notoriously fragile--sometimes one circ through the wrong player is enough
to have to retire/replace the title! :-)

When I worked for the Loveland Public Library (Colorado) we repaired our own
audio and videos with commercial-grade splicing tape. We would weed/replace
anything that was mangled, especially if it was an older title with a few
years on it. Due to the size of our collection (and the high interest in
audio titles)that was always a tough call -- our stats showed us that most
things had a healthy circ.

Good luck!

Carson Block
Technology Consultant
High Plains Regional Library Service System
800 8th Avenue, Suite 209
Greeley, CO 80631
voice: (800)332-7335
fax: (970) 353-4355

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Lucy Lockley
> Sent: Friday, August 18, 2000 3:53 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Audio question
> I know this is videolib but I thought some of you folks might be able to
> assist me in finding the answer or at least a source for the
> following query.
> Is there a 'standard' for the maximum number of uses/checkouts for an
> audiocassette? Or in other words, how many Circs does an audiocassette
> have to reach before you should weed it? When has it gone beyond the
> tape's actual useful life? Etc.? (Remember, I am talking Audiocassettes
> not videos.)
> We are trying to set some weeding guideline for our Audiocassette
> collection and keep running up against this question. Has any one ever
> seen such a number 'printed' anywhere or, perhaps, used in any weeding
> policies?
> If you know of a source where this question might be put forward more
> appropriately please let me know by responding directly to the e-mail
> address listed below.
> Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
> Lucy M. Lockley, Collection Development Manager Phone: 636/441.2300,
> Ext. 1563
> St. Charles City-County Library District FAX: 636/441.3132
> 425 Spencer Road
> P.O. Box 529 e-mail:
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