Re: [Videolib] Public Library DVD Policies

Mary Salvato (Msalv@ci.carlsbad.ca.us)
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 08:14:13 -0800

We are a medium-sized public library.
I purchase 2 copies of the new popular feature films. One for each
branch.
Patrons can place reserves on dvds.
I purchase additional copies if there are more than 10 holds on a
title.
The loan period for both entertainment & documentary dvds is 1 week
with 1 renewal.
There is no limit on the number of dvds that can be checked out. We do
charge 75 cents per title to check out and a late fee of $1.00 a day per
item.

Mary Salvato
Acquisitions
Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
760-602-2037

msalv@ci.carlsbad.ca.us

>>> bhalliday@collier-lib.org 1/19/2006 5:53 AM >>>
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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