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Audio Visual Centres in the 21st century
23 Database for Redundant Equipment.
23.1 The next century should be identifiable as the Millennium that stopped some of the waste in Universities. We can't stop all waste in colleges of course but we can and should attempt to recycle as much of our own redundant AV and photographic equipment to other institutions or local schools free of charge. We should not throw it away, as often happens, or store it just in case it will come in handy, inevitably it will never be used again and takes up valuable space, so pass it on to those that can utilise it!
23.2 It is essential that the equipment listed is free or minimal cost to encourage rapid interchange, after all we will all benefit at some point from the service. Contact names could be passed on to local schools by interested parties.
23.3 It would need safeguards to prevent misappropriation of the institutions capital stock holding and this could be the same procedure as currently exists for `writing off' redundant items. A recipient would of course be required to sign a receipt .
23.4 There are many times when equipment is no longer up to the task we demand of it on a regular daily basis but would be sufficient for low volume conditions. There are those that will raise all sorts of objections. The main one being safety of electrical products and liability. This could be overcome by the recipient signing to say that they understood they had to have the equipment P.A.T.s tested before use. The liability of the supplying institution would then be protected?. Of course a legal view should be sought but I am sure with minimal effort this is achievable.
24.4 A database could be set up on a WEB page. Perhaps it could be a self access page where the donating department could log in to a remote site and enter the data. This would only require the page to be set up initially and from then on it would be self supporting! Contact names and phone numbers being entered/deleted by the supplier along with the equipment on offer. An ID or password would be needed by participants otherwise it could be tampered with and become worthless.
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