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 =
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 =
Thanks very much for any help you can give.
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
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