That DVD went out HOW MANY times?

DVDs
“DVDs – édition vidéo” by Stef48. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

In your work, you don’t always get to do exciting things.  There are plenty activities that you probably want to avoid, depending on your personality type, the software you’re using, and your institutions politics.

Alas, there are some projects that are not dreadful.  Some might even be called exciting.  And I am starting to ramp up one of my exciting projects.  I will be presenting at the BOBCATSSS 2016 conference in Lyon on video streaming in academic libraries.  First, I’m really excited to go to France.  Then, it’s my first time presenting at a conference (and, of course, this means my supervisor is putting on the pressure for me to represent the unit well).  And third, the more I delve into the analytics of video streaming and DVD circulation, the cooler everything gets.

After having gone to a soiree at ALA hosted by video streaming company and then exploring their website (my institution had just entered a licensing agreement with them), I was chomping at the bit to get my hands around usage statistics.  Basically, I was wondering: were the library users going to be as excited about this platform as I was?  (You’ll have to wait until I’m done with the project to find out.)

Just this week, though, a new development occurred: one of the awesome people in our content access team sent down (they’re two floors above my office) circulation statistics on our DVD collection.  Grad school always throws something in your way (like an extensive project on metadata or judging grant applications), so I didn’t get to look at the statistics immediately.  But when I did: my. word.

The library has been circulating DVDs, according to these statistics, since 2002.  Some DVDs have seen monumental circulation – to the point I wonder how that DVD has survived so many plays.  The top performer was the Chilean film Machuca, with over 160 circulation discharges. (Who knew that would be such a popular film?)  Others haven’t seen any circulation.  Also, we have tons of DVDS, just thousands and thousands of them; it’s amazing one library could hold them all.

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