I work at a public library and am very interested in not only loan policy,
but also circulation policies for audio-visual materials in general.
It appears that in several libraries there are movements to create
homogenized circulation policies for both books and videotapes - extending
loan periods for "popular" video titles from a few days to a week and beyond
- lowering late fees for videos to those for books, etc..
My initial opinion is that these special materials need to be treated
differently when it comes to circulation periods than books ("popular"
function of the collection & fragility of the video media), but I really
want to hear what others in the field have thought.
Longer loan periods might encourage some patrons to take out videos, but
put others off. I am trying to find the balance between high circulation
(which we have) and wider public service. If you know of any article or
work that addresses this question, please let me know.
I thank you all for your time and patience.
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