Re: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

deg farrelly (deg.farrelly@asu.edu)
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 17:51:07 -0700

I don't understand the rationale that if you weren't charging for them you
wouldn't be collecting them...

Why?

If you don't charge for the other material types but still collect them,
how/why are videos different?

Do you also charge for CDs?

To be curmudgeonly here...

The business model for books exists too... It's called a bookstore.

There is also a business model for books in rental collections. But as I
understand book rental collections, they are usually used to accommodate
high demand for best sellers, so that libraries don't need to purchase 10-15
copies of the latest novel by ________________ (fill in the blank with your
favorite hack writer) . When the demand dies down, the library doesn't have
to contend with all those extra copies.

But libraries with rental book collections usually offer that as an
*alternative * to placing your name on a long hold list. They still
provide the books thru normal channels, you just have to wait.

NOW... IF a library were charging rental for New Releases, or offering a
rental collection with multiple copies of the same title offered for
free...I could understand the revenue generating approach to media.

-- 
 deg

> From: "Griest, Bryan" <BGriest@ci.glendale.ca.us> > Reply-To: "videolib@library.berkeley.edu" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 13:00:01 -0800 > To: "'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Subject: RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos > > The business model is already in place for media rentals; people really > don't seem to mind paying for this kind of access. As I said earlier, if we > weren't renting them out, we wouldn't be collecting them at all. Is that > better?

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