[Videolib] circulating video to students

Maureen Tripp (Maureen_Tripp@emerson.edu)
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 10:50:49 -0400

We are a smallish college, with heavy emphasis on the communication arts and sciences, and a pretty good video collection. It has always circulated only to faculty, for use in classes or for preview, and students have always had to view inhouse. We have very limited viewing facilities, and will be losing one of our classrooms, one of only 3 group viewing spaces, after this term. I would like to start circulating video to students, but there's quite a bit of resistance from administration and faculty--they are worried that tapes won't be available to them when they need them. I feel that instituting a fine system for lates would ensure tapes are back on time.

Do other academic media centers circulate to students? I'd love to hear from those who do, about the pros and cons of doing so. Any tips on managing circulation, limiting late returns, etc. would be great!
Thanks so much! If there's interest (besides me) I'd be happy to summarize for the list,
Maureen

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