[Videolib] Media Lab inquiry

Herbert, Rue (rherbert@lib.usf.edu)
Fri, 10 Oct 2003 10:40:43 -0400

Our equipment lab serves patrons using course reserve media materials, room use of anything in our collection, personal media materials, and a wide variety of Internet use. As we move toward trying to consolidate some of our separate equipment work stations to multi-use pcs (i.e., Internet use, dvd viewing, cd listening, language program use, etc.), we are foreseeing some potential concern for the shared use of resources. The argument for keeping separate stations with separate types of equipment starts looking better and better, but is probably not what our future holds.

Bottom line, I am trying to determine what type of Internet/PC use policies are out there in academic libraries, particularly in relation to multi-use/multi-user media lab PCs. Our facility is open to the general public as well as for student and faculty instructional support.

We are not seeking to become the PC or Internet police. We have avoided things like time limits or special log in requirements. But we may need to look at the wording of our use policies to take into consideration priority use by students for course related work. I may have just responded to my on query, but I would be really interested to know what type of policies are out there in academic libraries, and how these policies are conveyed and supported.



Rue M. Herbert
Media Resources
Tampa Library
University of South Florida

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