Video Loan Periods for Film Studies

Steve MacLeod (
Mon, 19 May 1997 13:38:41 -0700 (PDT)

About a month ago there was a discussion on VIDEOLIB of loan periods for
videos. I'm interested in following-up on that issue, with a little
narrower focus. I'm curious about media collections in academic libraries
that support Film Studies departments or programs, in addition to the
needs of a wide range of other departments and programs on campus. Film
Studies faculty and graduate students often think of videos as their
"texts" and they may have the perspective that a 1 day or 2 day or even a
1 week loan period is too restrictive for class preparation or research
that they are doing with particular videos. If other departments can
borrow their "texts", i.e. books, for a quarter or even a year, why can't
Film Studies borrow videos for an equivalent period? I'm curious how those
of you who serve Film Studies clientele handle this situation. Do you make
exceptions and extend the loan period for the research and class
preparation needs of Film Studies faculty and graduate students? Do you
negotiate this on an individual basis? Do you ignore this need? Does
anyone actually loan videos for a quarter? Thanks in advance for your

Stephen E. MacLeod
Head, Main Library Research and Instructional Services Department
Main Library VOICE: 714/824-4967
University of California, Irvine FAX: 714/824-5740
PO Box 19557 / Irvine, CA 92623-9557