On 9/12/06 9:00 AM, "Pamela Thomas" <Pthomas@syr.edu> wrote:
> 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
>>>> SteHar@library.lib.usu.edu 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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