Re: Circulating Media

Maria Koehmstedt (
Wed, 04 Mar 1998 18:44:12 -0700

We circulate all but "library use only" materials to all adult county residents.
We have a more of a problem with lost and damaged books than AV materials.
We've rarely had a problem with videos or audiobooks.

To ensure that videos will be here when needed for a class, we put them on a
special shelf a week or more before the scheduled show date. Our AV materials
circulate for a week, so we give ourselves some extra time if we have enough
advance warning of a showing. People can watch the items on the shelf in the
library until the class showing, when they often go on Reserve or are again
available for checkout. Classes often have videos on overnight, 2 day, or
library-use-only reserve. If a video is checked out when faculty members
request it for a showing, we let them know that it may not be available and to
have an alternate show date just in case. It normally isn't a problem, except
with last minute requests for showings. Patrons are usually able to return
materials the next day if we ask them to bring them back for a class.

I hope you will circulate your media materials.

Maria Koehmtstedt
Ref and AV Librarian
Clatsop Community College Library
1680 Lexington
Astoria, OR 97103