Re: Pricing, labelling

Lori Stevens (
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 09:53:02 -0800 (PST)

My 2 cents:
As far as viewing stations in a public library are concerned:
In a public library which is a public building hence a public setting, aren't public performance rights being violated if they have not been purchased for the expensive title the patron wants to view?

Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058

>>> Brigid Duffy <> 12/07/99 02:13PM >>>
Dear Videolibers,

Okay, this is not my area - all of SFSU's videos are checked out to
faculty only, and if it ever came down to it, the University could
subtract the cost of a video from their paycheck - but for public
librarians who (rightly so) wince at allowing general users to take $300+
videos home --

Isn't that a good argument for having a Video Reference area, just like a
book Reference area? Pricey videos behind the librarian's desk, an
appropriate number of carrels with headphones nearby, take ID while they
watch it, and listen to them gasp when they bring it back and ask how much
buying their own copy would be. And/or refer them to the vendor, on the
idea that the more people who ask about a tape, the lower the price will

Okay, so tell me why it won't work ...

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200