[Videolib] 'Media Project' Request Forms

Chuck McCann (cmccann@fsu.edu)
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:11:53 -0500

When patrons come to the library to work on 'media projects' we get them to fill out a request form. By filling out the form on paper, rather than having it online for example, it allows us to walk the patron through the form, thus we begin an interviewing process that helps us understand (1) what the patron wants to produce, and (2) how to guide them towards that product, and (3) advise them on issues regarding copyright. This has been good.
We are having some thoughts on improving this model by using an offline computer and interface, which would continue to involve the patrons and our personal attention, but, and here=92s the improvement part, that will compile the submitted information in a database.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?

What database applications are people using?

Any other thoughts on this are appreciated.

Chuck McCann
Dept. Head, Digital Media Center
Florida State University Libraries
AIM account/e-mail: cmccann@mailer.fsu.edu
Website: http://www.lib.fsu.edu/dlmc/dmc
850.644.3094 or 850.644.5924

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