Re: [Videolib] Previewing videos

Susan Weber (
Fri, 01 Apr 2005 13:46:20 -0800

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I agree with Sally.  We have a library tech. check all incoming acquisitions. It should
be compared to checking the binding in a book, not reading it.
There are so many technical problems with media - if you don't catch it when it
arrives, you'll never know if it was a later use that caused the problem, or if it
arrived in a defective condition.
We also don't watch a whole program, but the first few minutes will indicate sound
level, whether closed captions are present & other glaring defects (like blank tape)
or, incorrect program inside box.

Since we pay for public performance rights for everything, we're paying  top dollar
for our programs & we want them in stellar condition.


Sally Wellman wrote:
We watch all newly acquired videos for about the first 5-10 minutes.  We find that most defects show up in these first few minutes.  Generally, a student worker here in AV checks them, or other full time AV staff will pitch in as time permits.

We find lots of defective material that way and are able to quickly get replacement copies before the items get cataloged and put on the shelf.  This is a necessary job and we've been doing it for years and will continue to do so.

Sally S. Wellman
Assistant Coordinator, Special Services                 
   & Manager, Audiovisual Resource Center               
State Library of Louisiana
Attend the National Media Market in Las Vegas
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2005

At 11:09 AM 4/1/2005, you wrote:

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
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Ellensburg, WA  98926-7548

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