Re: Re: Clear plastic vhs cases

Barb Bergman (
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 06:49:19 -0700 (PDT)

My policy is to check in the video, not the box. (We have a barcode on the
video and on the box.) Unless you look at the video itself, you don't know
whether the right tape is in the correct box. A simple concept, but it's
difficult to make sure everyone is following this rule.

Given your past experiences, I'd say that the only way boxes with barcode
openings would work is if only the video (sans the video's box) is in a
clear plastic case, so you can see the video's label through the case. Not
the most attractive way to show off the collection.


At 11:42 AM 4/9/00 -0700, you wrote:
>I have a question. If you are not opening the cases because the barcode is
>scannable through an opening in the plastic, how can you tell if the CORRECT
>video is in the case, not just any video, when they are checked back in?
>For example, we've had lots of problems with patrons not putting the correct
>videos in the correct cases before they are returned to us and the only way
>to tell is to open the case and read the title on the shell to see if is
>matches the cover art on the case. Also, occasionally we've had patrons pull
>the barcode off the video shell and stick it on a home video and return it in
>the case, apparently hoping to keep ours.
>Our circulation staff is campaigning for these cases with the opening for the
>barcode, but I am still skeptical of the practicality, given the
>aforementioned problems. I'd appreciate information on this subject.
>Karen Fischer
>AudioVisual Librarian
>Mansfield-Richland County Public Library
>Mansfield, OH