Re: [Videolib] circulating video to students

Christopher Lewis (
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 12:55:19 -0400

We started a separate home-use collection for students a few years ago and
until this year it was populated entirely by VHS copies of titles we had
duplicated in DVD or of which we had a second VHS copy. This year we added
VHS titles of which we only had a single copy but that had very low
circulation and no known previous classroom use. At present the collection
stands at about 700 titles. We do loan titles from this collection on a
daily basis but many students don't have VHS players. Because curriculum
support is our primary mission, I don't want to jeopardize that so we have
been cautious. What students really want are DVDs and videos assigned for
their classes and to date I've considered those categories too problematic
to consider. My goal is to create a home-use DVD collection that is
exclusively for students and duplicates the class-assigned feature films in
our collection but at the moment I don't have the budget for it.

Incidentally we do charge fines on this collection, $1.20 per day. The
videos circulate for a two-day period.

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Humanities Collection Manager
American University Library
AIM: congolene

If you have no money, be polite.
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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

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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