RE: Materials Previewing before purchase

Katherine McGivern (
Wed, 20 Mar 2002 06:23:57 -0800 (PST)

We have a preview policy based upon price so it changes fairly often. Any media item costing more than $250.00 has to be previewed evaluated by faculty before it can be purchased. Needless to say this is sometimes a problem when vendors don't offer previews or have a return policy.

It has been my experience that faculty are a bit more responsible with their requests when they have to take the time to look at something before we add it to the collection.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Bryant []
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 5:18 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