RE: [Videolib] Previewing videos

Pamela Sue Reeves (
Fri, 1 Apr 2005 13:54:36 -0700

We also preview every new title that comes in for defects. Most tapes
have a 30 day return policy, we check for audio, closed captioning, and
picture problems. I would hate to purchase a title and have a professor
check it out for showing in a class and find out it does not work. I do
base my decision to return a dvd/video on the amount of defect and the
cost of the tape and how much of the content is effected. If I buy a
tape for $29.95 and it has a brief snow problem or one horizontal flip,
I am not going to send it back, however, if I purchase a tape for
$195.00 I want it to be a perfect copy. We purchase around 200 tapes
per year and have student help at night and on the weekends to see that
each tape gets checked.

Pamela Reeves
University of Wyoming
Audio Visual Services
Dept. #3334
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

-----Original Message-----
From: John Streepy []
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 10:09 AM
Subject: [Videolib] Previewing videos

Hello all,
just a quick question for this happy Friday: Who in your library
previews your videos (meaning quaily control after you have purchased,
not evailuate for possible purchase)? Here it has been tradionally done
by our Media Circulation department, but our dean just informed my boss
that he does not want us previewing materials any more. I, in the hope
of providing a convincing argument against this new policy, would like
to get a handle on how other libraries do what I think is a necessary
part of our job

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861
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