Re: [Videolib] New topic: video borrowing poliicies

From: Anthony Anderson <>
Date: Wed Nov 11 2009 - 14:57:56 PST

On a slightly different tangent: perhaps as a true convenience to the
students, *they could be just
allowed to check out films to view **outside of the library*. This is
the basic policy here at USC
with our Leavey Library video collection. Except for a relatively small
items specifically placed on course reserve, any
student and faculty member can check out any vhs tape or dvd in our
5000+ collection
for up to three days. This is a policy which has proven to be enormously
popular with both faculty and student
body alike. While so many academic libraries continue be so restrictive
in their video circulation policies
I I mean, why should students be
forced to watch the films in the confines
of the library building?

Anthony E. Anderson
Social Science and Arts & Humanities Librarian
Von KleinSmid Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182
(213) 740-1190 <>
"Wind, regen, zon, of kou,
Albert Cuyp ik hou van jou."


Sarah E. McCleskey wrote:

>I love the idea of the student paying $2.99 for a semester of streamed access. It leaves our collection budgets for, well, collecting, and provides a revenue stream for NewDay, Icarus, Bullfrog, Newsreel, etc., etc., etc. I think students would rather pay $2.99 *than have to come to the library to watch a movie.* Every time I say this someone shoots it down, but I really wish more distributors would go with a pay-per-stream model, where we can pass that cost along to the student and use our money for content (rather than access).
>Sarah @ Hofstra
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [] On Behalf Of Jonathan Miller
>Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:57 PM
>Subject: Re: [Videolib] A meditation on indie vdeo pricing in an age of fiscalapocalypse
>Dear video-ists
>1) If amongst say the top 1000 higher=ed media buyers price per se was not
>the obstacle to buying important (say the top 25% of released titles?)
>documentaries at prices between say $200 and $400,
>And now, with reduced budgets there is less ability to continue buying them
>- overall.
>Then, if distributors who formerly sold at $200-$400 were to cut prices to
>say $100
>Why should we expect any more of those 1000 top buyers to buy 2 > 4 x as
>many (at least) units? I don't get it. If I sold 200 units at $300 = $
>60,000 / now I am going to release the same films for say $150 - will now
>400 colleges buy that same title? And even if they do, I am still behind
>(higher costs, more work).
>2) How many of you are using or getting your profs/students to use services
>such as
>A) Amazon VOD
>B) New Day VOD
>Could we get say 30,000 students to pay $2 each for say our recent release
>on the mortgage crisis WE ALL FALL DOWN? (if we stream it ourselves and keep
>all the money, less the 3% credit card fee!) or 70,000 students (!) if it is
>done thru a 3rd party service like Amazon?
>3) Is Alexander Street's model a good substitute for you? Would you like to
>move in that direction?
>Perhaps, Gary et al, you can give us some specific commentary on which
>companies / policies that you see starting to emerge do you think might
>work? What are some companies doing right (Strategically) as you see it?
>What companies are moving in the wrong direction, and why.
>Otherwise, apart from closing up shop, I am not sure what you are suggesting
>we (distributors/ producers) do.
>Is that too harsh?

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