Re: Average prices

Video Librarian (
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 16:28:11 -0800 (PST)

Philip is right. In some libraries, video accounts for as much as 40% of
the overall circulation but the video *budget* is more in the
neighborhood of 10% of the overall materials budget. Even with the
so-called differing factors that have to be worked in (video has a
shorter circ time, etc.), it seems to me that circ tied to budget
percentage is an inherently logical way to determine budget. In a sense,
your patrons have already made the determination for you--the question is
whether your administration people are listening to what they're being
told by these figures.

Randy Pitman

Video Librarian
PO Box 2725
Bremerton, WA 98310
(800) 692-2270

On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, Philip Fryer wrote:
> There is no need to dream a target percentage. Use the circulation data at
> your library. If, for instance, a library circulates a variety of media,
> and 10% of that circulation is video, then request 10% of the acquistion
> budget. Also use peer institutions for support (when the numbers will
> help!) to make the case.
> Philip Fryer/
> Audiovisual/Systems Librarian
> Loyola/Notre Dame Library
> 200 Winston Avenue
> Baltimore, Maryland 21212
> 410-532-8787 x118
> fax: 410-532-6130