I know many vendors will sell replacement copies at deeply discounted
prices but that could still leave one with a bill of $200 or more. In the
past, we have gotten some professors to pay but I have written off many of
these replacement purchases if the item has been used frequently. Presently
I do not have a slush fund for replacing lost videos. In an ideal world we
should probably verbally remind professors of their responsibility each
time when they check out an expensive item, but its unrealistic to expect a
staff of 15 part-time staff to understand for which items they should be
issuing that warning.
Fortunately this is not a rampant problem but it does occur often enough
that I would like to establish a more realistic policy that the University
Administration and Collection Development will endorse.
I would like to hear other's experiences with this problem to aid in
grappling with it myself.
American University Library