Barcode placement on videos

Karen Fischer (Karen_Fischer@freenet.richland.oh.us)
Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:23:45 -0800 (PST)

Hi, I'd like some feedback or discussion on our situation.
Our library is a mid-size public library with a video collection of over
25,000 videos. Entertainment videos circ is over 20,000 loans each month.
Our barcodes are currently on the video shell above the title, requiring the
circulation staff to open each video case for every checkout and checkin.
The circulation staff is complaining about repetitive motion injuries as a
result. They want the barcodes placed on the outside video case, rather than
the actual video shell. The AudioVisual staff is really against this as we
have experienced too many problems with mixed-up videos, patron's personal
videos, etc. coming back in the cases, even with opening each one.
The other option our Technical Services Supervisor suggested was video
cases with an opening for the barcode to be scanned without opening the
cases. The AV staff still has some of the same concerns about this.
I'd really like to know what other libraries do and what sorts of problems
they've run up against. Thanks.

Karen Fischer
AV Librarian
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
Mansfield, OH