[Videolib] Public Library DVD Policies

Blane Halliday (bhalliday@collier-lib.org)
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 08:53:21 -0500

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Hi All!

This is a question primarily for the public libraries of the group (though
any helpful suggestions/arguments are welcome)...I am interested in finding
out what your collection policies are regarding DVDs; I am trying to
convince my administration the worthiness of changing our DVD circulation
policies such that they are more in line with the other materials in our
collection.

--For a typical feature film DVD release, how do you determine the number of
copies you order?

--Do you take patron reserves for your DVDs?

--If you take reserves, how do you determine when additional copies are
necessary for purchase?

--What is your loan period for DVDs?

--What is the limit on checkouts of DVD?

My current situation: We are in the process of changing over to a new
system (Triple I Millennium), and are consequently reevaluating various
policies with this transition. We do not take reserves on feature film
releases (but we do on just about everything else, including documentaries
and foreign language titles) with a two-day loan period and a limit of three
DVDs at a time. They circulate for free. Genrerally, my materials budget
is not an issue...I can usually purchase what I need when I need it.

In order to bring the feature film DVDs in line with most of the other
materials in the library, I would like to see us begin taking reserves on
them. This would have the benefit to the customer in that they would now
have a better handle on when they will be able to view a specific title
(much the way they do on current print bestsellers). If the wait is too
long for them, they could explore other options for obtaining the film
(renting it, purchasing it). As it stands now, the chances of a customer
finding a specific current DVD title on the shelf at any specific time is
completely random, which can be frustrating. Taking reserves would also
benefit the customer in that they would learn to use the new online catalog,
and could place the reserves from their own home (or we could do it for
them, of course!). Can you think of any other benefits?

We are also looking at standardizing the loan period for DVDs...as I mention
above, feature film titles currently circulate for two days, while series,
exercise, and some educational and other non-fiction titles circulate for a
week. We are looking at changing all to a three or four day period, while
increasing the limit to six. This should offset any circulation drop due to
the reserving of titles. Is this logical?

Any other suggestions/arguments I could use in my presentation regarding
this issue would be most helpful.

Thanks so much!

Blane

Blane Halliday
AV Acquisitions Librarian
Collier County Public Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, Florida 34109
239-593-3511, ext. 45
bhalliday@collier-lib.org

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This = is a question=20 primarily for the public libraries of the group (though any=20 helpful suggestions/arguments are welcome)...I am interested = in=20 finding out what your collection policies are regarding DVDs; I am = trying to=20 convince my administration the worthiness of changing our DVD = circulation=20 policies such that they are more in line with the other materials in our = collection. 
 
--For = a typical=20 feature film DVD release, how do you determine the number of copies you=20 order?
 
--Do = you take=20 patron reserves for your DVDs?
 
--If = you take=20 reserves, how do you determine when additional copies are necessary for=20 purchase?
 
--What = is your=20 loan period for DVDs?
 
--What = is the limit=20 on checkouts of DVD?
 
My = current=20 situation:  We are in the process of changing over to a new system = (Triple=20 I Millennium), and are consequently reevaluating various policies with = this=20 transition.  We do not take reserves on feature film releases (but = we do on=20 just about everything else, including documentaries and foreign language = titles)=20 with a two-day loan period and a limit of three DVDs at a time.  = They=20 circulate for free.  Genrerally, my materials budget is not an = issue...I can usually purchase what I need when I need it. =20
 
In = order to bring=20 the feature film DVDs in line with most of the other materials in the = library, I=20 would like to see us begin taking reserves on them.  This would = have the=20 benefit to the customer in that they would now have a better handle on = when they=20 will be able to view a specific title (much the way they do on current=20 print bestsellers).  If the wait is too long for them, they = could=20 explore other options for obtaining the film (renting it, purchasing = it). =20 As it stands now, the chances of a customer finding a specific current = DVD title=20 on the shelf at any specific time is completely random, which can be=20 frustrating.  Taking reserves would also benefit the = customer in that they would learn to use the new online catalog, = and could=20 place the reserves from their own home (or we could do it for them, of=20 course!).  Can you think of any other = benefits? 
 
We are = also looking=20 at standardizing the loan period for DVDs...as I mention above, feature = film=20 titles currently circulate for two days, while series, exercise, and = some=20 educational and other non-fiction titles circulate for a week.  We = are=20 looking at changing all to a three or four day period, while increasing = the=20 limit to six.  This should offset any circulation drop due to = the=20 reserving of titles.  Is this logical?
 
Any = other=20 suggestions/arguments I could use in my presentation regarding this = issue would=20 be most helpful.  
 
Thanks = so=20 much!
 
Blane
 
Blane Halliday
AV Acquisitions Librarian
Collier County Public = Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, Florida 34109
239-593-3511, ext. 45
bhalliday@collier-lib.org
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