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

Mamie Anthoine Ney mmaney at auburnpubliclibrary.org
Mon Jan 12 16:39:45 EST 2015

We've been watching this discussion with interest.  Without repeating
all of the good reasoning presented so far, APL would like to see the
video lending periods reduced to 1 week for single discs and 2 weeks for
multiple-disc sets.





Mamie Anthoine Ney


Auburn Public Library

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[mailto:minervacats-bounces at informe.org] On Behalf Of Ann Mosey
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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




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[mailto:minervacats-bounces at informe.org] On Behalf Of Frank Dehler
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:57 PM
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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


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


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


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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