We've also had instances of the face label on the top of the cassette
peeling and jamming the tape in the machine, but that's not nearly as
destructive as a label getting into gears or around the tape drum.
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200
On Thu, 3 Feb 2000, LaRoi Lawton wrote:
> Our barcodes are placed on the outside container because we had the
> unpleasant experience of having the barcode come off the video itself inside
> one of our VCR's. Our technician had to take the item apart to ascertain
> what the problem was with respect to this particular VCR. It wasn't until he
> actually opened it up that he noticed that the barcode had somehow had been
> chewed up into the system. While this has not happened
> again, it reiterated that "Murphy" was alive and well. For the most part,
> all of our barcodes are on the outside container. My circulation staff check
> videos anyway when they are returned to our desk since we are a
> non-circulating unit of our campus library.
> Prof. LaRoi Lawton, Director
> Learning Resource Center
> Bronx Community College
> Bronx, NY 10453
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Karen Fischer <Karen_Fischer@freenet.richland.oh.us>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2000 4:23 PM
> Subject: Barcode placement on videos
> > Hi, I'd like some feedback or discussion on our situation.
> > Our library is a mid-size public library with a video collection of
> > 25,000 videos. Entertainment videos circ is over 20,000 loans each
> > Our barcodes are currently on the video shell above the title, requiring
> > 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
> > the actual video shell. The AudioVisual staff is really against this as
> > 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
> > they've run up against. Thanks.
> > Karen Fischer
> > AV Librarian
> > Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
> > Mansfield, OH