I'm new to this list, so if this has been brought up numerous times, I apologize.
I am the selector of our video/dvd collection, which is heavily used by our faculty and students alike. Our students cannot check these items out of the library, they are for library use only. Faculty may check them out, generally for a 24 hour period, but we do make exceptions for them on a case by case basis. I only recently took over this collection, and I discovered that we have been ILL-ing some of our videos and dvds to one particular institution, and this distresses me greatly. I don't want to set a precedent, so other institutions start asking to borrow the collection as well. I have many objections, but I keep coming back to the fact that if we don't allow our students to take home these materials why would we allow people from other institutions to do that?
Personally I would like to set a policy where we don't lend out our videos and dvds, due to their frequent use, among many other reasons, but my library director disagrees with that and thinks it is too strict of a policy. Anecdotally, I have heard that most institutions don't lend this kind of collection through ILL, but I was wondering if any of you on this list could give me some advice on the matter, ie how to change my director's mind, or if indeed most institutions don't lend their vids/dvds (or if I am completely wrong about that). Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. If this has been discussed time and time again, please feel free to reply to me off-list.
Thanks in advance!
Assistant Instructional Services Coordinator
Information Services Division
University of Southern California
Tel: (213) 740-8349
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