Re: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD

From: Regnier, Ami <>
Date: Fri Sep 18 2009 - 04:36:20 PDT

Our library purchases television series for professors, some of whom are in media studies. In the past, the shows have been on Reserve for an entire semester, when in fact they either had little use or heavy use for just a short amount of time. Many of our other patrons (other faculty, staff, and students) were dismayed that they could not check these items out even though the films weren't getting much Reserve use. Starting this semester, professors must determine a two-week Reserves time period for these popular items. Usually this is based on their syllabus. Then, after the two-week period, the film comes off Reserve and available to the rest of the campus community. I'm not sure how this will work out seeing as the semester has just begun, but we're hopeful.

I don't want to assume that your film Reserves won't get heavily used throughout an entire semester. I'm just pointing out what has happened for us.

Ami Regnier
Special Projects Librarian
Bentley University Library
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452
From: [] On Behalf Of GODIN, CHRISTINE []
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:26 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Requests for television shows on DVD

Sorry for cross-posting!

Do you get requests from faculty for DVDs of popular television shows that they want to use to illustrate a theme or topic? I see a real Pandora’s Box here. We recently had requests for a season of The Simpsons (shudder!) and The Office (five seasons!). We did purchase some West Wings a few years ago at the request of some government instructors. And I have added some representative TV shows to illustrate how TV has changed over the decades (I Love Lucy, Sex and the City are examples). I really want to meet the needs of the faculty but I am tempted to send them to Blockbuster. These items would be in reserve and not available to other patrons to check out. I see a problem.

What say you??

Christine Crowley Godin
Dean of Learning Resources
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
210.486.4572 voice
210.486.4504 fax (new email as of Aug. 1, 2009)

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