RE: [Videolib] help w/AV task force proposal

James Scholtz (
Tue, 1 Mar 2005 14:49:17 -0500

Hi, I'm sure that you'll receive lots of policy manuals via attachments so
this choice may be second-best. I'm an author of several books on policies
and procedures for libraries concerning AV materials. (Developing Video
Policies for Libraries - ABC-CLIO, plus others). I've also contributed
chapters to several books on the same subject. One of those - Gary
Handman's book (by Greenwood Press, c2004) - Developing Video Collection in
the Multitype Library (or some such title?) presents some great chapters on
collection development, copyright, streaming discussions, etc. which should
give you samples of policies. As you are probably aware, you'll have to use
a combination of template and topical analysis/additions due to the local
nature/procedures as well as the every-changing technology. These sources
should get you started.

Jim Scholtz, Library Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 668-5276

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Madeline Copp
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 12:26 PM
Subject: [Videolib] help w/AV task force proposal

Dear VideoLib Members,

I have found that my institution has created policies and procedures
for our AV material in a very decentralized way so I've proposed
appointing a task force to find, review, and revise all of the AV
policies and procedures. Because AV materials cross all subject areas
and include service to a variety of locations, I recommended having a
good cross-section of individuals representing all of the concerned

Topics for the Task Force may include:
-Selection of AV materials (e.g., what formats, preferable formats, any
exclusions, collection development policies, etc.)
-Acquiring AV materials (especially films)
-Cataloging and Preservation
-Circulation and Reserves procedures and policies
-Promotion and education of the collection
-Streaming video and other electronic materials
-Public Performance Rights

I was wondering if anyone has done this in the past and would be
willing to share documents and what they experienced/learned with me.
I'd be very grateful for any help and/or advise.

Many thanks,

Madeline A. Copp, Resource Services Librarian
(English * Film & Media Studies * Writing Seminars * Humanities
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-516-8399 (fax)
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