Re: [Videolib] ILL question

Stephen O'Riordan (
Fri, 30 Apr 2004 14:27:52 -0700

From the other side. As another UC we sometimes borrow from Gary (UCB),
but we also lend to Gary. UCSD belives in ILL & are net lenders ( by
far). We do not lend everything and then only to other Academic
institutions. There are items that for a variety of reasons do not leave
the campus. I can only think of one time an item was needed and it was on
the other coast.


At 01:26 PM 4/30/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>OK, I'll weigh in here with what I think is a generally unpopular point of
>view (WHAT! AGAIN!)
>ALA in the past few years published
><>ALA |
>Guidelines for the Interlibrary
>of Audio Visual Formats (see ) (don't you
>just love the creaky, musty sound of that Audio Visual???) which attempts
>to place video and other moving image and sound media in the ILL mainstream....
>This is all fine and well in theory... The bottom line for most academic
>library video collections, however, is that
>1. Most oftentimes we're there first and foremost to support curricula
>2. We often only have single copies of titles in the collection
>3. Outside of features, many of the titles in the collection are
>expensive and/or rare (or at least difficult to replace)
>4. Feature titles (and none feature, too --thank you very much PBS) seem
>to be going out of distribution at an alarmingly rapid DVD
>in sight.
>4. Faculty are pathologically incapable in most cases of reserving
>materials in advance
>In light of the above, a liberal ILL policy runs the very definite risk of
>taking stuff needed for classroom showing or for use by classes out of
>We loan stuff to other UC campuses, but I'm verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry
>conservative. The decision to loan is based the likelihood of stuff being
>needed in the current semester, its cost and/or rarity. Since most of the
>materials requested are popular or hot topic items, I say "no" more than I
>say yes (which definitely doesn't endear me to my colleagues at other UC
>At 12:18 PM 4/30/2004, you wrote:
>>I'm new to this list, so if this has been brought up numerous times, I
>>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!
>>Susanna Eng.
>>Susanna Eng
>>Assistant Instructional Services Coordinator
>>Information Services Division
>>University of Southern California
>>Tel: (213) 740-8349
>>Videolib mailing list
>Gary Handman
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley
>"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
> --Ted Berrigan

Stephen 0'Riordan
UCSD Libraries / Film & Video Library
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