[Videolib] Television series in public libraries

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 11:47:50 -0500

Kiersten,
At the Duluth Public Library we decided to circulate most DVDs that are
purchased together as one set. We do not separate the discs but
circulate them all under one bar code. Some sets come with the
individual movie in a separate case and those we circulate separately.

Part of the reason for this decision was the packaging. We do not
repackage DVDs but have the original case on the shelf and keep the disc
behind the circulation desk.

Another reason for this decision is how the set can be purchased. Most
TV shows and many sets are only sold as a set and can only be replaced
by purchasing that set again. This way we know what to charge the
patron for any lost item. A few years ago we decided to charge the
patron the replacement cost of a set if that is the only way we can
replace the missing item and that can make for a difficult
conversation.

Another factor in our decision is how patrons can reserve materials on
our OPAC. Many patrons assumed one reserve was all that was needed for
the many parts listed under the Bib Record. We had both confused staff
and patrons when we added "The Sopranos" in VHS as separate items a few
years ago. The OPAC software continues to change but currently a patron
can only place one item reserve and after that must ask for staff help.

Renee Zurn
Duluth Public Library

>>> kallen@louisburglibrary.org 08/27/04 08:05AM >>>
When purchasing the seasons, Friends, for example--do you buy the
complete
set and then circ them as a set, buy them individually, or buy the
complete
set and then package them individually? I would think it would be very
difficult to get them back if you circ them as a set. I would think it
would
be very time and energy intensive to separate and index them.

Have a great day!

Kiersten Allen, Director
Louisburg Library District 1

PO Box 398
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-2217 913-837-2218, fax
www.louisburglibrary.org

-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Gena
Zelenka
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:48 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Television series in public libraries

I've just recently added (kicking and screaming along the way) patron
requested current(West Wing, Friends-1st season, 24)and past(Dick Van
Dyke
Show)broadcast TV programs to our collection as well as basic
cable(Nip/Tuck)and have since learned they circ very well and are often
not
on the shelves. In the past I've only purchased BBC and premium cable
shows.
However, we have serious space issues here and simply can't become a
repository for TV programs and will probably stick to ordering those
programs most requested. Gena Z.

-----Original Message-----
From: Candace Rossin [mailto:crossin@ahml.info]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 1:41 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Television series in public libraries

For those public libraries that collect television series:
How are you handling the surge of TV series being released on DVD?

In the past we purchased many TV series for our collection. This
wasn't a
problem when there weren't so many available. Now, it seems that every
show
ever made is coming out on DVD. We get far too many patron requests
to
fill, so I've started only buying premium cable, a few basic cable, and
some
PBS and BBC shows.

I'd be interested in hearing how other libraries handle the TV show
issue.

Thanks.

Candy Rossin
Collection Specialist
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
phone: 847-870-4310
fax: 847-392-0136
e-mail: crossin@ahml.info

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