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Now browsing: Hometown News > Opinion > Brevard County

Letter to the editor
Rating: 2.5 / 5 (18 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Oct 04 - 06:36

Brevard Library services revisited

The real significance of the library two-day DVD loan policy, aside from its sheer convoluted stupidity, is that it exists at all and has been around, as we were often told, "forever," perhaps 25 years back to the VHS technology era.

The so-called loan policy is an untreated cancer and (has been) for many years, too. It makes you wonder about the library system itself.

The various library branch so-called "directors" - remember when they were simply librarians - ensconced in their private offices, along with, of course, the former and current director-in-chief, the "Library Services director," are a corporate-like directors cabal, meeting monthly, or so, to presumably determine what is best for their patrons.

The punitive, unfriendly, degrading and stupid two-day DVD loan policy is, in fact, a guaranteed "rainmaker," and obviously was designed that way.

The DVD loan policy is undoubtedly very lucrative and is, so to speak, a racket to collect fines and fees, all fully supported by corporate headquarters in Cocoa.

It's the money, fines and fees knucklehead along with the continuous library drumbeat for "donations" and "endowments," ad nauseam.

My wife and I have a small folder of letters to the director's cabal concerning this matter.

Their obduracy and obtusity disgusted us to the point where we decided to no longer use the Brevard Library System, and we're doing quite well, thank you.

There are, in fact, so many alternatives available nowadays.

As a last resort, we faxed our complaint to each Brevard County Commissioner - twice to Commissioner Chairman Andy Anderson - with nary an acknowledgment.

It would appear that the library directors and their chief, along with the Brevard County Commissioners and their chief, are all supporting and covering for each other in their library policies, especially regarding the rainmaker ones, i.e., the money makers.

This complaint isn't about the J.P. Morgan private library. It's about a public institution, the county library system.

In addition, the so-called " directors" and "commissioners" are public employees, not on the J.P. Morgan payroll.

This is happening, even though it is contrary to the patrons desires, not to mention their bank and credit card accounts.

Denis and Anita Hanlon, Satellite Beach

Response to 'Library Services Revisited:'

Thank you for the opportunity to address our two-day DVD (movie) loan policy in your pages. We have responded most recently to the aforementioned letter writers on this subject on May 6 of this year, but we are happy to recap the information for the benefit of all your readers.

All media in the library carry loan periods suited to their relative demand. Most books are 21 days, but new or bestselling books may be checked out for only seven. Artwork may be checked out for six weeks, but magazines for only seven days.

The DVDs in our collection "circulate" constantly and are classified as "high-demand" materials. For this reason, they carry a two-day loan period in all of our 17 libraries. This policy is designed solely to ensure their maximum availability to our 300,000-plus patrons.

Patrons who wish to keep a DVD (other than a new release) longer than the stated two-day loan period, may renew them twice by either visiting their local library in person, or by making the request by telephone or by logging on to their library account at www.brev.org, and renewing online. By taking this action, a library patron could keep a DVD for up to six days.

We work hard to provide the best service possible to our patrons. Thank you for the opportunity to share this information with the readers of the Hometown News.

Jeff Thompson, Director, Brevard County Library Services

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