RE: Audiobook Security Cases

Kirsten Corning (
Wed, 12 Jan 2000 16:10:58 -0800 (PST)

With all of our videos, music cd and music cassettes we use kwik cases this allows us a live inventory. Our
circulation staff loves them. They are very easy to open and close.
However, they don't make a case for audiobooks. I've been told with all of
the assorted sizes audiobooks come in it hasn't been worth the cost for them
to develop one. We seem to have a problem of people removing all of the
tapes from box and leaving the box on the shelf. The favorites seem to be
the unabridged 8-18 tape sets from recorded books, books on tape, and
brilliance. About 10% of the time they show up in another branches book
drop 2 months later. I'm not very concerned about abridged audiobooks.
They really aren't worth the added security cost. However, the unabridged
do concern me. However, at our current loss rate, shelving behind the desk
or repackaging isn't cost effective.

Thanks for all of the input,


>-----Original Message-----
>[]On Behalf Of Jim Scholtz
>Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 2:08 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: Re: Audiobook Security Cases
>Hi Kirsten, We just shelve our unabridged and abridged audiobooks on wire
>rack (video shelving) purchased from Specialty Store Service from Morton
>Grove, IL in "live" condition. We also purchase generic cassette boxes
>(except for audios leased from Landmark Audio) so that all the ACs are a
>standard size/placement of labels, etc is relatively standard. We do have
>a 3M/Knogo security strip placed behind the date due adhesive slip (3 in.)
>and use a pass around system instead of magnitizing/de-magnitizing the
>strip. I realize that the individual cassettes are still subject to theft
>but we've not had any problems.
>Possibly putting the plastic cases in velcro/zipper hanging bags and
>putting the security strip on the bag would deter some (that way the thief
>would have to open the bag, open the plastic box and take out the ACs - at
>least it would take them additional TIME to STEAL). However, you'd have to
>essentially purchase two containers and get new shelving (bag rack shelving
>is not necessarily condusive to browsing or space-savings.
>My personal choice would be to decide if the amount of theft is sufficient
>to warrant these efforts' cost (sometimes administration dictates to a
>perceived threat - not a real one) vs. replacement cost and regular
>shelving. If it does, then you could use a dummy display or have a list of
>titles, use video-one stop, sleeve displays (jackets in a plastic sleeve,
>shelved in LP record bin containers, etc. and shelve all ACs in a secure
>location - downside, 2 shelving locations and staff time to procure ACs for
>patrons as well as purchasing plastic jackets. You could also reorganize
>furiture/security gates in AV dept. so that this collection was close to
>check-out/help desk, clearly visible to staff and had only one
>exit/entrance (maybe not possible if your library has central checkout
>facility. I'm interested - how do you handle videos for security and are
>they not subject to more theft than ACbooks? (Just a question, not an
>accusation or criticism). Hope this helps. Jim Scholtz.
> At 12:36 PM 1/12/00 -0800, you wrote:
>> Any suggestions? Thanks, Kirsten Corning AV Collection
>>Development Librarian