Re: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

deg farrelly (
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 13:37:54 -0700

Afraid I disagree with this philosophy.

Why should videos have to be self-sustaining fiscally or be discontinued?
Why not periodicals, or novels? Or self-help books.

Isn't the cost per loan of a video significantly lower than the cost per
loan of a novel?

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University West Library
PO Box 37100 
Phoenix, Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522

> From: "Griest, Bryan" <> > Reply-To: "" <> > Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 11:22:23 -0800 > To: "''" <> > Subject: RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos > > 2 things: 1) Tax revenues are plummeting; you may be paying for something, > but it may not be the cost of the materials. You may be paying for the > building, or the salaries, etc. This is an obvious statement, but I've > worked in a couple of libraries that had $0 for materials in some > years--$0!--even though taxes were still being collected. 2) If we didn't > charge for video rentals (which are admittedly the only materials we could > "get away with" charging for), we wouldn't have had money to buy anything at > all. At least from my experience, the video collections had to become > self-sustaining fiscally or be discontinued completely. Given that choice, I > think even the irritated middle class would vote for a continued collection. > Bryan > Glendale Public Library

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