RE: Tape repairs

Gregory Callahan (
Mon, 10 Feb 2003 14:23:16 -0800 (PST)

I have had some luck with volunteers who can handle this sort of thing.  In my case, there have been both those who have done the work in house and others who have taken the items home to work on at their leisure.   I wouldn't recommend that tapes be entrusted to just anyone, but I have been fortunate to have volunteers whom I can trust.  If these folks have some tie to the library -- as members of the Friends group or board,  as longstanding volunteers in some other capacity or as simply regular patrons whom you've gotten to know well over the years.   In our case, I was fortunate to have a close relative of a staffer (the son-in-law of my assistant, who certainly would have clobbered him if he was remiss in his repair "duties").    He has since moved away and been replaced in that capacity by my Friends Group president (whom I also feel I can trust). 

If these volunteer options were to dry up,  a similar service is provided at low cost by the regional library system office (Mid-Hudson Library System).  I know that not every state has such organizations, but for any library served by such a consortium, it might be a good idea to see if such a service is offered by the central office--or if it could be.

Gregory Callahan

Hyde Park Free Library

PS--  An unrelated question.  Why is it that so many postings on this listserv appear in a format that actually posts them twice in effect (in different fonts and with a lot of gibberish in between).  I find it a little distracting. Forgive my ignorance, but it seems to have something to do with something called a MIME format.  Maybe it's a "mime" because it imitates itself....?

>From: Michael Vollmar-Grone
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: RE: Tape repairs
>Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 08:50:20 -0800 (PST)
>We have a clerk doing the repairs. Although I found it to be rather
>Zen-like and a welcome change from the routine, you know how time and
>tides are. Just too busy with other things and it's a lot cheaper for a
>clerk to do the repairs than a librarian.
>I've asked her not to spend more than 20 minutes on a tape. Tends to
>get more expensive in the long run than just replacing with a new copy.
>She saves us thousands of dollars a year in videotape, DVD, audiotape
>and CD repairs. Echoing others, we discard if the tape is broken
>anywhere but a leader splice.
>Michael Vollmar-Grone
>Amos Memorial Public Library
>230 East North Street
>Sidney, Ohio 45365
>"Your Unique Video Source"

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