Re: [Videolib] ppr

Pamela Thomas (
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 09:00:38 -0400

I am very glad you asked this question and am anxious to see the
responses. Our video collection has always been restricted to
faculty/classroom use only and we are now under pressure to make it a
circulating collection.

Currently, faculty register with us to become users of the collection
and then each time a video is booked they sign an "Acknowledgement of
Conditions of Use of Library Video Collection." The desire is to make
this process less cumbersome by simply posting our policies and marking
the videos appropriately according to the rights for that particular

Concern among staff in the Media Department has been that converting to
a circulating collection means that the library puts the burden of
responsibility on the user to abide by performance rights restrictions.
Frankly, I don't see this as being very much different than checking out
a book. Who's to say that the patron isn't going to make multiple copies
and share them with classmates?

My concerns aren't really rights related, they are more a matter of
making sure that videos are available to faculty for classroom use when
they are needed. This seems to me to be difficult in an open collection.
Another topic, I know. For us they seem to be intertwined.

Pamela Thomas
Media Librarian
Syracuse University

>>> 9/11/2006 7:34 PM >>>
An added note about my public performance rights question:

We have had an increasing number of groups on campus who want to use
library DVDs to present public showings of films--mainly features.
(Something that rarely happened with the VHS collection.) We have a
small auditorium in the library that is equipped to show video. Some
groups using that space want to "show movies," and some groups just want
to check out our DVDs and show them at other locations on campus. Our
media collection DOES circulate, so that is not the problem. Is the
appropriate answer to public performance, "NO WAY IN H*%$!" Do I need
to write and distribute a policy that lays down the law about public
performance of video?

Steven R. Harris
Collection Development Librarian
Utah State University
(435) 797-3861

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