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

Ann Mosey amosey at wellstown.org
Mon Jan 12 10:33:26 EST 2015

I could support a 2 week loan period for all DVDs, but I would rather go back to 1 week for single discs, and 2 weeks for multiple discs.

Anne Mosey
Wells Public Library

From: minervacats-bounces at informe.org [mailto:minervacats-bounces at informe.org] On Behalf Of Frank Dehler
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:57 PM
To: minervacirc at lists.maine.gov; minervacats at informe.org
Subject: [MinervaCats] 3-Week AV Minerva Loan Rules - 6 Months Later

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 consortium-wide?

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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