Re: [SPAM] [Videolib] circulating video to students

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 09:35:05 -0700

HI Maureen
We started checking out media to students in 2001 and it has worked out
great for the most part.

I would not just rely on fines for getting items back. I've had
students just not care, they pay the fines. However by having advance
use bookings, most problems with students trying to check out videos
when profs want them are taken care of. I would also keep the amount of
time a student can check out an item short (3 days works well, checkout
on Friday return on Monday) Keep grace periods short as well, if not do
away with them altogether. I made my fines stiff, similar to a video
rental store, and much more than our book fines. A combination of
tactics have work best. Most problems here occur after a prof has shown
a video in class. One student checks the item out and doesn't return
it, so any one else who missed it is out of luck, especially when the
prof puts questions on the test from the video. In the end it is a
matter of keeping the lines of communication open between you and the
faculty. They letting you know when they need items, you continually
letting them know that student now have access, because some faculty
conveniently forget this and complain they were not told of such a
change in policy. One thing I am noticing is each year less and less
students come to school with vhs machines, so even if you do allow them
to check out stuff a number will still have to view in house.

good luck.


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

>>> 04/15/05 7:50 AM >>>
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,

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