Public libraries and video collections

Elizabeth Stanley (
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 12:05:22 -0800 (PST)

One story from the past--

I recall listening to one video librarian, responsible for the collection
development of the video library in a large public library in California.
He said he charged patrons a 50- cents-insurance-fee per video. With a
circulation well over 100,000 this provided a large fund for video
acquisition. I don't know if these fees went into the general fund, or if
they were kept separate for video acquisitions only.

Granted that the mission of the public library is to provide FREE services
to the community, how does this plan sit with you? Does anyone have a
healthy Friends of the Library group that provides funds for video

Ever hopeful,
Elizabeth Stanley

P.S. Call me an optimist. I'm like the little kid with the shovel. "With
all this manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere!"

Elizabeth Stanley
National Sales Manager
Bullfrog Films
P.O. Box 149
Oley PA 19547
FAX 610-370-1978