Re: Barcode placement on videos

Cara Slavens (
Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:35:25 -0800 (PST)

We have done a couple of things to counteract this. First, we are
converting to clear containers, and the barcode reader can scan without us
opening the case. Also, we have obtained some wedge-shaped pieces of metal
that attach to a work surface that allow you to open the boxes without
pulling them open with your fingers.


Cara Slavens Phone : 734-764-5361
Film & Video Library
2178 Shapiro UGL
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1185 e-mail:

On Wed, 2 Feb 2000, Karen Fischer wrote:

> 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