Re: Materials Previewing before purchase

Gail Fedak (
Wed, 20 Mar 2002 06:57:20 -0800 (PST)

We require faculty to preview materials that they want us to purchase,
except for feature films. Over the years most of the faculty have come to
see this process as a privilege/right, a faculty satisfaction guarantee. I
do not ask that they preview if they have seen the requested program
elsewhere (conference, another campus, etc.). Some companies that do not
offer preview arrangements will offer purchase-on-approval, which amounts to
the same thing. I try to avoid purchasing from the few companies, usually
discipline specific organizations, that do not offer some sort of faculty
satisfaction guarantee. This process works very well for us.
Gail B. Fedak
Manager, Instructional Media Resources
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street, P. O. Box 33 (mailing address)
1500 Greenland Drive (shipping address)
Murfreesboro, TN 37312
phone 615-898-2740
fax 615-898-2530

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kelly Bryant" <>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 2:18 PM
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!
> Thanks,
> Kelly
> Kelly Bryant
> Library Materials Specialist
> Jackson ESD
> 101 N. Grape St. Medford, OR 97501
> 541.772.2751 1.800.636.7453