RE: Materials Previewing before purchase

Rick Faaberg (
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 16:20:44 -0800 (PST)


We solicit volunteer teachers and media specialists to preview videos over
the period of approx. October through April. They indicate grade levels and
curriculum areas/topics they're interested in and we schedule new materials
to send out to the volunteers throughout the preview period. They fill out
evaluation forms and we mainly base purchase decisions on those, although we
also choose titles from the 'usual suspect' journals such as SLJ, Video
Librarian, et al. Vendor recommendations and peer input can also be factors
in purchase decisions.

The system seems to work well, although teachers are so busy these days, and
recruiting our "volunteers" has become a continuous effort.

Northwest Regional ESD

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Bryant []
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 2:18 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Materials Previewing before purchase

Hi all,
I am wondering if any folks out there use teachers to help preview materials
to add to the existing collection. Our center(K-12 regional) has 4 preview
sessions a year, with a variety of levels, subjects and schools represented.
They work in teams(of like areas) and preview materials. They fill out forms
and then I make the last decision. What I am wondering is if there are other
models out there which are working well?

Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated!

Kelly Bryant
Library Materials Specialist
Jackson ESD
101 N. Grape St. Medford, OR 97501
541.772.2751 1.800.636.7453