[Videolib] circulation of video collections

Thu, 19 Feb 2004 08:08:09 -0500

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ze=3D2><DIV>We have a circulating collection of about 5,000 vhs and dvd tit=
les in closed stacks.&nbsp; We've had mixed results especially with our dvd=
s.&nbsp; Students do not handle the dvds very carefully and we wind up with=
a lot of damaged discs.&nbsp; We've only had a small number of discs disap=
pear (and they stopped disappearing once a certain student-worker&nbsp;left=
--coincidence?) &nbsp;but, recently, we have had a lot of discs checked out=
and never returned.&nbsp;&nbsp;We bill the students, but they&nbsp;don't s=
eem to care.&nbsp; I would think open stacks would seriously exacerabte los=
s and damage.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>We let students and faculty check&=
nbsp;materials out for 3 days, but faculty can ask for extensions.&nbsp; St=
udents cannot renew, but faculty can.&nbsp; Most faculty abide by our guide=
lines, but some take advantage of our flexibility and keep things an uncons=
cionably long time.&nbsp; Items can be put on reserve for a particular clas=
s and then students can only watch them in the library.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</D=
IV><DIV>At one time (before I started here), we did not circulate video mat=
erials.&nbsp; I would say it&nbsp;would be nearly impossible to switch back=
once students get used to being able to check out videos.&nbsp; </DIV><DIV=