[Videolib] Floating Collections

Blackburn, Alison (Alison.Blackburn@library.ottawa.on.ca)
Thu, 1 Apr 2004 10:44:37 -0500


Our public library system (33 branches - urban and rural) has recently
initiated a pilot project to "float" certain collections, including adult
videos and DVDs. This is a move away from the traveling collections we used
to have, which involved rotating blocks of videos at three-month intervals
to some of the smaller branches in our system.

The pilot is about three months underway and the results, so far, have
indicated that the collection at our main branch is down about 1500 videos -
feature films and non-fiction titles. The main branch seems to be a key pick
up point, but not as popular as a drop off point.

In order to further assess how this may impact materials delivery we are now
moving to "float" more of the AV collection - adult music on CD and perhaps
adult books on tape and CD.

I would love to hear from any other libraries with floating/shared AV
collections, and would be particularly interested in hearing
feedback/comments about the following:

What are your thoughts about floating non-fiction VHS/DVD titles?
How have you managed to balance your collections?
How do you address collection gaps and/or specific requests from
Has there been a significant impact on materials delivery?

Thanks very much.

Alison Blackburn
AV Librarian - Collection Development
Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M2
(613) 236-0302, ext 515

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