Karen Corrin (kcorrin@unixg.ubc.ca)
Wed, 10 Jan 1996 22:31:04 -0800 (PST)

Thanks to all of you who responded to my question about purchasing videos
for a small Jewish public library. Now that I have some ideas about that,
some policies need to be put in place about use, costs etc. We have had
11% loss/breakage in our small collection(63) of videos in the last year.
As we are on a tight budget, like everyone else, what are smaller type
libraries doing about covering the losses. Our average video cost is
approx $50. We have 3 options as I see it. Build in losses into the
budget, charge a weekly rental fee ($2.00 or $3.00), or ask for a
refundable deposit ($20, or $50 to cover actual cost). The rental fee
would cover breakage and the deposit would cover loss and I suppose one
could do both those. What seems to be acceptable by the public? What are
libraries doing? Payment for lost videos can be required (if the patron
comes back, which in our case, someone left town with 2 videos) but
breakage is a little trickier. If a patron says the video is broken or
was broken when they went to use it, that's difficult. Anyways your
comments will be appreciated. Also is stealing a problem? do you keep the
videos at the back and the cases out for viewing which seems a little
labor intensive? What works? we can't afford a security sensor. All for
now and thanks in advance
Karen Corrin
Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library
950 West 41st
Vancouver BC
604 257-5111