Re: Video delivery

Virginia Chapman (
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 10:29:36 +0000

Hi Jay- Our Media Center is also located in the library. Patrons have a
chosice- they can either come to thelibrary and get the videos or, we use
the courier delivery ssytem which is part of the equipment delivery agency.
They deliver to designated dropoff points in every academic department
(usually in the secretary's office area). This has advantages and
disadvantages. The con is that we have no control over where and when the
courier goes. We do know his schedule fairly well though and can predict
the time of delivery. We cannot ask him to go to a specific prof's office
(which is probably good or else he'd be running all over). He comes by our
office each morning at 7:30AM. We have to plan our ship dates carefully to
utilize this system.

I'm curious for responses from any academic media librarians
>out there who can let me know if and how they handle delivery.
>Here at Ithaca College, the collection of films (16mm) and videos
>are part of the library. A separate media services dept. (not
>part of the library) arranges for equipment distribution and
>projection, but every classroom also has a TV/VCR combo so
>faculty can show their own tapes. We deliver the 16mm prints
>we own or rent to the media services people, but as it now
>stands, we also deliver virtually every video cassette to
>every faculty member who asks. The tapes are checked out in
>their names on the library's circulation system, delivered to
>the dept. secretary a day or two before showing, and then
>picked up again by us from the secretary's office a day or
>two after showing.
>I'm curious to know if other LIBRARIES do this. I know that
>a lot of media centers do deliveries, but do libraries --
>with all the library procedures applying, such as loan periods
>and fines -- also deliver and pick up. We don't deliver any
>other items in the library's collections, only videos. Just to
>give you an idea, 9 days into the semester we have nearly 500
>deliveries and pick ups scheduled, of which approximately 325
>are videos (as of 1 pm today).
>I appreciate any comparative comments that can be offered. They
>can come to me personally (JROZGONYI@LIBER.ITHACA.EDU), unless
>there's lots of interest on the list in general.
>Thanks -
>Jay Rozgonyi
>Media Librarian
>Ithaca College


Virginia A. Chapman
Media Center, University Libraries
PO Box 90001, VPI & SU
Blacksburg, Va 24062-9001

ph: (540)231-2708