RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

Griest, Bryan (
Tue, 9 Nov 2004 13:37:33 -0800

Who's to say they won't be discontinued by strapped libraries? Periodicals
budgets are slashed continually, by all sorts of institutions; new book
purchases were eliminated by the library I worked at when the budget
disappeared. How is that any different? The difference is that people are
willing to pay for access to videos, but won't pay for access to those other
media, at least as far as any real-world experiment I've witnessed.
Glendale Public Library

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of deg farrelly
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

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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