Media in Public Libraries

Maurine Canarsky (maurine.canarsky@fnsb.lib.ak.us)
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 10:16:22 -0800 (PST)

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Dear Videolib people:

I've posted this query to CircPlus, so please excuse the cross-posting.

We are starting to grapple with some thorny issues to determine whether =
or not to introduce media equipment for public use into the library. We =
would appreciate responses from public libraries which have carrels or =
equipment already, so that we can at least begin to decide exactly what =
direction to take.

Here are a few of our questions:

What kind of equipment do you provide the public for use in the library? =
VCRs? DVD players? Compact Disc music players? Tape players? Other?

Who uses the equipment in the library? Parents and children? After =
school student use? Adults?

Is the equipment high end stuff or inexpensive (like boom boxes)? Where =
do you purchase your equipment (i.e., catalogs, the local discount =
house, etc.)?

Do you have special furniture for the equipment? What kind?

Does the equipment live in the furniture permanently or do you hand it =
out and plug it in on request?

What do you do about security for the equipment?

What happens when the equipment breaks? Do you have a repair or =
replacement budget? How often does the stuff break?

How do you monitor use of the equipment? Do people sign up to use it? =
Do you hold a library card or i.d.? Who monitors usage? Circ.? =
Reference? Someone else (who)?

How is the usage? Is the amount you have meeting the demand?

Do you think the equipment is worth the expense and staff time? Why or =
why not?

Thanks very much for any help you can give.

Maurine Canarsky
Circulation/Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1020
FAX 907-459-1024
maurine.canarsky@fnsb.lib.ak.us

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Dear Videolib people:
 
I've posted this query to CircPlus, so please excuse = the=20 cross-posting.
 
We are starting to grapple with some thorny issues = to=20 determine whether or not to introduce media equipment for public use = into the=20 library.  We would appreciate responses from public libraries which = have=20 carrels or equipment already, so that we can at least begin to decide = exactly=20 what direction to take.
 
Here are a few of our questions:
 
What kind of equipment do you provide the public for = use in=20 the library?  VCRs?  DVD players?  Compact Disc music=20 players?  Tape players?  Other?
 
Who uses the equipment in the library?  Parents = and=20 children?  After school student use?  Adults?
 
Is the equipment high end stuff or inexpensive (like = boom=20 boxes)?  Where do you purchase your equipment (i.e., catalogs, the = local=20 discount house, etc.)?
 
Do you have special furniture for the = equipment?  What=20 kind?
 
Does the equipment live in the furniture permanently = or do you=20 hand it out and plug it in on request?
 
What do you do about security for the = equipment?
 
What happens when the equipment breaks?  Do you = have a=20 repair or replacement budget?  How often does the stuff = break?
 
How do you monitor use of the equipment?  Do = people sign=20 up to use it?  Do you hold a library card or i.d.?  Who = monitors=20 usage?  Circ.?  Reference?  Someone else = (who)?
 
How is the usage?  Is the amount you have = meeting the=20 demand?
 
Do you think the equipment is worth the expense and = staff=20 time?  Why or why not?
 
Thanks very much for any help you can = give.
 
Maurine Canarsky
Circulation/Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1020
FAX 907-459-1024
maurine.canarsky@fnsb.lib.ak.us
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