Re: [Videolib] New topic: video borrowing poliicies

Date: Wed Nov 11 2009 - 15:11:05 PST

In essence, I agree with you. With a caveat. We have everything out on
the shelves. A small collection of Permanent Reserves placed separately
from the DVDs are for faculty and staff use only. They are rarely loaned
on ILL. That collection consists of the very expensive or very popular
across-the-curriculum films that are in constant demand. All can be
viewed in the library by anyone. The bulk of the media titles go out for
a week. At a community college, we have too many people who only come to
campus once or twice a week. On a residential campus, a three day loan
is probably realistic.


We limit students to three media items at any time. Community members
are limited to two items, period (although we make exceptions).


We buy this stuff for people to use. That's my motto and I'm stickin' to


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)


[] On Behalf Of Anthony
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] New topic: video borrowing poliicies


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-----
[] On Behalf Of Jonathan
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] A meditation on indie vdeo pricing in an age of
Dear video-ists
1) If amongst say the top 1000 higher=ed media buyers price per se was
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
- overall.
Then, if distributors who formerly sold at $200-$400 were to cut prices
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
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
such as
A) Amazon VOD
B) New Day VOD
Could we get say 30,000 students to pay $2 each for say our recent
on the mortgage crisis WE ALL FALL DOWN? (if we stream it ourselves and
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
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
we (distributors/ producers) do.
Is that too harsh?


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