Re: Video Loan Periods for Film Studies

Gary Handman (
Mon, 19 May 1997 13:58:04 -0700 (PDT)


At Berkeley (like a lot of other places) film studies is our bread and
butter clientele...nonetheless...we're just as restrictive with this
group as with everyone else. Again, we've opted for a utilitarian
approach: the best service to the widest clientele. Since we typically
buy single copies (or maybe a laser and a video version), letting stuff
go would seriously impact service to large classes which need the stuff
either for reserve viewing or for use in class. I think the "print text
analogy" is a spurious one: the longevity of tape is far less than hard
copy, and books aren't generally read aloud in class (although, who knows
in these post-literate times...?). Yeah, faculty and students grumble
about our restrictions...but, by God, they do love us when the tape they
want is on the shelf and available. I'm absolutely positive that, if we
were to circulate film studies stuff, inventory shrinkage would skyrocket
over the top...

It'll be interesting to hear from others...

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000