Re: Ratio of missing/broken/outdated videos to collection?

LeeAnne Krause (
Wed, 11 Apr 2001 06:28:07 -0700 (PDT)

No, we don't have any ratios about outdated videos, largely because it would be difficult, I think, to define "outdated". Do you mean programs that contain inaccurate information, or do you include things that just LOOK old? Either way, we don't just chuck stuff in the trash because someone in the library thinks it's outdated. As we've seen recently, even outdated programs like "China's Only Child" are still in demand, because the programs still serve their educational purpose, even though some of the information is no longer current. As for missing and broken items, we have maybe two titles per semester (out of 4100) that need to be replaced.
Hope this helps,
LeeAnne Krause
U of S Carolina

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Are there any statistics available which would allow me to compare our numbers with other media libraries?

If you have statistics you are willing to share, please indicate whether your statistics reflect open or controlled stacks.

Since our videos average over $100 (sometimes running $300 and more), we are extremely diligent about contacting patrons with overdue videos, so also please let me know if your collection contains mostly popular (less-expensive) videos.

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