Re: Query: Average cost of academic videos?

Kristine R. Brancolini (brancoli@indiana.edu)
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 11:43:50 -0800 (PST)

The most telling information below is the range of prices -- $15 - $1,300.
The prices I pay here have a similar range. It's difficult to talk about
"average prices." The average for home video VHS is different from
laserdisc is different from DVD is different from educational VHS. I no
longer compile and report average prices because I ended up with so many
categories. And what do you do with multipart sets? Price per part?
Averages are useful for books in a particular discipline, but with videos,
it's like comparing apples and oranges -- unless you only look within
each category.

I would love to know where Baker & Taylor gets their prices for the
_Bowker Annual_. They do not report the source of their data. It's
always been way too low compared to what we have paid.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, Nell wrote:

> The Bowker Annual has this data every year, based on last years prices.
> The 1998 ed. see page 454 for '91-'96. This data was reported by Baker &
> Taylor. This is not broken down by curriculum. It is interesting to note
> that the price is dropping: $199.67 for 1992 to $83.48 for 1996.
>
> Here at VCU academic campus, our average expense for recent years. Prices
> range from $15 - $1,300:
> 92/93 $94.35
> 93/94 129.35
> 94/95 100.10
> 95/96 113.98
> 96/97 66.04
>
> At 01:56 PM 12/15/1998 -0800, you wrote:
> >I have been asked to try to find an average cost of videos purchased by
> >universities, preferably broken down according academic departments.
> >
> >Do you know of any such list?
> >
> >Even one you've created for your library would be useful.
> >
> >Thanks!
> >
> >
> >
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> Nell J. Chenault nchenaul@saturn.vcu.edu
> Cabell Media Resource Services
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