Re: [Videolib] purchasing faculty produced films/videos [Scanned]

Sarah McCleskey (
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:28:32 -0500

We recently purchased a bunch of experimental documentaries one of our new faculty made prior to coming here. The asking price was about $400 a pop but I talked to him about it and he got the suppliers to reduce the prices to about $100-150 each for us. If the professor has a good relationship with the distributor you can maybe work out a discount.

Sarah McC.

Sarah E. McCleskey
Head of Access Services
Acting Director, Film and Media Library
112 Axinn Library
123 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
516-463-5076 (o)
516-463-4309 (f)

>>> "Mark Kopp" <> 11/17/2008 8:55 AM >>>
Purchase??? Did they not use university-owned equipment and property,
etc, to make their film??? It NEVER occurred to me that they would/could
charge their own institution for...nevermind...I'm shocked!

I wonder if their films come with PPR...


Mark W. Kopp

Technology Assistant

IT Department

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

4500 6th Avenue

Altoona, PA 16602

P: 814-940-0223

F: 814-949-0984

C: 814-937-2802

[] On Behalf Of Maureen Tripp
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:49 PM
Subject: [Videolib] purchasing faculty produced films/videos [Scanned]

Dear collective wisdom,

We have a number of faculty here who make films. Often they hint or
suggest that we should purchase their production for the media
collection. I would love to, and think we should, but while there is a
written policy for collecting faculty work in print, we don't have
anything about faculty nonprint work in the collection development

Apart from having no policy, there is a general atmosphere of
resistance. Some staff have suggested faculty should donate copies of
their work. Upper admin seems to think that film/video is just too
expensive (these are independent productions, so run about 150-200 a

When I went ahead and tried to purchase one instructor's film, a dean
intervened, and gave me a copy of the film that the instructor had given
to him as a gift! The instructor was quite irritated, and, I felt,
justifiably so.

We have film students who would welcome the chance to view their
instructors' work.

How do others out there deal with similar situations?

Maureen Tripp

Media Librarian

Media Services Center

120 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116


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