[minervacirc] 3-Week AV Minerva Loan Rules - 6 Months Later

Frank Dehler fdehler at york.lib.me.us
Sat Jan 10 12:56:53 EST 2015

James Rathbun informed us that a 2-week loan period for all DVDs and
Blu-Rays was the Circulation Standards Committee's recommendation, based on
the Roundtable discussions last summer.  


In my opinion, echoing Katie, this is a sensible and workable compromise.
It provides for a longer loan period for multi-disc sets, and enables
waiting patrons to get their titles more quickly than the 3-week period
typically allows.  It addresses Cataloguing's desire for a single loan
period for all DVDs--the vast majority of which are single discs.  


In November, James kindly (and painstakingly) explained to us the reasoning
behind the decision to go with 3 weeks for all DVDs.  I quote from his
response about having a single loan period for all material types: "The
thing that came out of the discussions is that there's no real reason to
view the two formats [books and audiovisual media] differently, or to treat
them differently when making a purchasing decision."  


Patterns of consumption for the two formats do differ, though, just as
libraries' purchasing decisions for various formats inevitably do.  The net
effect of the 3-week loan period (as Josh has clearly demonstrated) has been
a substantial increase in the average wait-time for a high-demand disc.  Two
weeks would lessen the wait, while still affording plenty of time for the
average patron to view multi-disc series. 


The 'solution' we keep hearing--that individual libraries should simply
purchase more of the items their patrons are interested in and not rely on
the consortium to leverage the strengths of its members' collections--misses
the mark.  Not to mention being a bit troubling.  It doesn't recognize
budgetary realities, or the fact that collection strengths ideally--and
realistically--complement each other in the consortium model.  It's hard to
avoid the impression that the Minerva decision to loan all discs for a
3-week period is a case of the tail wagging the dog.


Since the issue was raised, we've been strongly in favor of maintaining the
1 week loan period for DVDs and Blu-rays. We have a 1 week period at York,
with possibility of renewal.  We feel that this makes the best use of
limited resources for all patrons-and Josh Tiffany's data certainly supports
this. We have not seen any data to support continuation of the 3 week loan
period for all discs.


We could support changing the loan period to 2 weeks for all DVDs and
Blu-rays, or to 3 weeks for multi-disc sets. While we understand the
complications of doing the latter, determining how to assign loan periods
based on the number of discs is no more arbitrary than loaning 1 disc items
for 3 weeks, simply because 16% of DVDs/Blu-rays have 3 or more discs. If
Southwest Harbor can meet the needs of their patrons with differing loan
periods for items based on the number of discs, why can't this model apply


That said, a 2-week loan period for all DVDs and Blu-Rays seems to be a
solution most libraries could agree to, and would serve the interests of
most patrons more effectively than the current 3-week model.


Respectfully submitted,


Frank Dehler, Circulation Coordinator

York Public Library

15 Long Sands Road

York, ME 03909

(207) 363-2818


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