Kristine Brancolini, 812/855-3710 (
Wed, 25 Oct 95 12:39:40 EWT

From: PO4::"" 25-OCT-1995 11:44:02.42
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Subj: ILL

Dan: I don't think there are special copyright concerns when it
comes to the interlibrary loan of video. We don't attach
copyright warnings when we supply a book for interlibrary loan,
and I really don't think we have an obligation to supply
information about how the videotape might be used. Since we lend
exclusively to academic institutions, I really don't worry about
it. Most are being used in the classroom or for private use by
scholars or students. If you include copyright information to
your own borrowers, then I would include it when you lend
videotapes. But if you don't, you have no special obligations
just because they go out to another library. We checked this with
our copyright officer, by the way.

The bottom line on lending video is: If we don't share our
videotapes, our users will suffer. My library won't lend to your
users if you won't lend to ours. It's that simple. And we lend
so few per year (about 250 last year) that I really don't think
our users are being denied access in a significant way. Again, we
have been lending since 1988 without one complaint from our users.
And we have documented an increase in fill rates here; other
libraries are lending more to us than before we were lending our
tapes. I'm not claiming a causal relationship, but I wouldn't
rule it out.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

Kris & all:

Are there any copyright issues to be concerned about when supplying ILL
requests from your collection? Typically an ILL request won't provide
information about how an item might be used. How do librarians assure that
materials are *not* used for public display when there may be no public
performance rights attached to an item? Does one include copyright warning
language that advises users about limitations on use and that takes care of
it? Do libraries supply ILL requests *only* with materials that do have
public performance licenses?

I don't supply ILL requests and don't plan to but the question does arise
for ILL folks here and together we revisit the issue about once a year. My
reason for not supplying ILL is mainly that selectors have acquired
materials to support on campus curricula and I want to be sure the
collection is as readily accessible as possible. If I were to be persuaded
that ILL will enhance service to the library's user community what copyright
issues would an ILL policy have to address?


Daniel Donnelly, Library Manager
University of Minnesota Libraries
Learning Resources Center
612-624-6536 Fax: 612-625-5525