Re: Question about donated tapes

Steve Fesenmaier (
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 13:31:20 -0700 (PDT)

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For a decade I kept such tapes in a special place - for
research/reference use only. One of WV's professors won a Fullbright
Scholarship to Tanzania largely because he watched such tapes I had
received over the years on Africa. Some of those tapes were used by an
author writing a book on the collapse of East Germany. I agree with the
distributors that they should NOT be put into the catalog as regular
materials. I believe that librarians should REPRESENT THEIR PATRONS'
WISHES....and such preview videos can often be very valuable to future
scholars, writers, etc. Therefore I recommend that all media librarians
KEEP THEM - if they should not be returned to the company who sent them
- and let scholars, etc. know about them during the course of their
reference work. - Steve Fesenmaier PS In 1998 or so our new director
ordered me to "get those tapes out of her within 24 hours." Luckily a
friend was willing to build some shelves for most of them...

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