RE: [Videolib] Previewing videos

Bergman, Barbara J (
Fri, 1 Apr 2005 16:01:19 -0600

Our policy has been to check everything for defective videotapes and
DVDs immediately. It's not uncommon for it to be a couple months between
received in Acq and being cataloged (for non-rush items). Because it
becomes complicated to get a replacement after 30 days -- vendor
policies, payment of invoice, etc-- Acq prefers that we check right away
instead of waiting until the item is shelf-ready.

Although anyone could do the checking for playback defects, we prefer to
look at them here because it keeps the staff more aware of the titles
coming in and the content of those titles.

Cataloging staff also appreciates our help -- The staff member who looks
at the videos and DVDs indicates when the title on the box doesn't match
the title screen.

I agreed that it's rarely necessary to watch more than a few minutes to
identify a defect.

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

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