Interesting prices

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Fri, 3 Dec 1999 13:27:43 -0800 (PST)

I just had a chance to read my e-mail after being on vacation for several
days. I agree with everything that has been said about the prices. And
while we're talking about prices, I have a few other problems. I buy videos
for a medium sized public library, and most of our titles are
informational/instructional. My question is - how are some of these prices
decided? I mean, there are prices on videos anywhere from $150 to $300 for
videos that are not even 30 minutes long. I understand that the makers and
actors and distributers have to make a profit. I understand about public
performance rights. But still, who buys these? Wouldn't they sell more if
the prices were lower? I certainly can't afford this, if only for good
patron relations. I don't want to tell a patron that since his/her tape
player ate our video, they are out $200. And as far as public performance
rights go, I rarely order tapes with these. Yes, we have teachers checking
them out, but my understanding of copyright law is that if the film is used
in conjunction with the curriculum, you don't need public performance
rights. Or have I been wrong all these years? Or are these problems noone
else has, and I have been struggling with these issues for no reason? Just
a little venting, you know. I am about to do some preliminary selection for
our next year's order, and I am facing checking all these titles in a myriad
of databases from various vendors.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals/Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
630/264-4100 x 4116
630/896-3209 FAX
www.aurora.lib.il.us