RE: [Videolib] Buying at individual vs institutional price?

Brock, Shawn (Shawn.Brock@aetn.com)
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:51:24 -0400

Now that's an odd question, because in a sense we sometimes do. We
teach children to be polite, courteous, and to consider the feelings of
others before speaking their mind. Which will sometimes involve saying
things you don't really believe to make others feel better. Some of us
also lead by example and lie on our taxes about income, to Blockbuster
when that DVD is late, or to the police officer when we're caught
violating minor traffic laws.

Don't think about this as a question of ethics, because invariably
people in the position of Jonathan and I will say it's unethical while
dozens of media specialists will insist it's completely okay. So
instead go by what is legal or illegal. In the end, that's your main
obligation to your employer -- doing your job well in a way that doesn't
create legal liability for them, not expanding the collection as cheaply
as possible but can blow up in their face.

So I would recommend asking your administrators -- they'll tell you what
is legal or not, and also what they are willing to allow you to do. In
then end, you're better protected as an individual.

Of course, you could simply just purchase from companies who offer the
same price on their DVDs to consumers and libraries alike. I know of at
least one company who does that .....

Regards,

Shawn Brock
Manager, Education Sales
A&E Television/The History Channel
HistoryEducation.com

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Do you teach your children to lie?
JM

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[mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of
MichaelMay.5652831@bloglines.com
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:37 PM
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Subject: [Videolib] Buying at individual vs institutional price?

Would it be illegal and/or unethical for a library to try to buy a DVD
at a lower individual price rather than a higher institutional price,
for example by claiming that the DVD will be for individual use only or
by reimbursing an individual staff member for a DVD purchased privately
at an individual price, especially if the library does not want PPR?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Mike in Dubuque
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of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
producers and distributors.

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve
as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel
of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
producers and distributors.

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.