RE: 16mm withdrawals

Anne H. Ross (
Tue, 3 Oct 1995 17:32:01 EST

I thought I would be "soon-to-be-filmless" as well a few years ago and
still have a bunch left (mostly because it's a low priority with everything
else that's going on). We "downsized" to about 200 titles a good five or
six years ago by offering our unwanted films to the state library, the
school board, and any other area agency we could find that would want some
that received county or state funds.

I think I've just about run out of "agencies" that might want films and am
ready to sell a bunch as well (the films I withdrew five years ago that no
one wanted). We don't have a booksale policy in place for films and while
my original plan was (also) to donate them to the Friends of the Library
that would sell them (for a couple of bucks a piece I guess?) I don't think
that will work for us. I can't donate county property (which is what the
16mm film collection is) to the Friends - it would require a transfer of
ownership by the vote of the County Commissioners. So, I'm probably going
to put them in the library's booksale room afterall (which will send the
money to the county's general fund.....).

Any idea as to what is a reasonable price? $5? $10? More? Less?

Anne Ross, Head
Fine Arts/Audio-Visual Depts.
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System