Re: [Videolib] circulating video to students

Jerry Notaro (
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 12:11:09 -0500

We absolutely circulate to students. Although it may be a bit inconvenient
for faculty to do a little planning for the videos they use in class, it
seems a small price to pay. If they really want, they can put videos on
Reserve until after their showing and then put back in circulation.


> 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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