RE: Compact Media Shelving

Deg Farrelly (
Tue, 2 May 2000 17:13:05 -0700 (PDT)

Kris -

We like our Gemtrack shelving very much. It allowed us to double our
available shelving space without an increase in the size of the footprint of
the shelving.

Some cautions tho... for open, browsable shelving, it is not very user
friendly, if more than one person is trying access the collection at once.

Browsing is not as easy since shelves have to be opened.

Also, it requires a standardized VHS case. Some of the cases used for
feature films (hollow, vacuum formed - I think Disney uses these) and
packaging with inserts, accompanying material, etc., will not fit in the
shelves. Also, if the shelves are not compacted when videos are removed
the tapes can slip off the shelf and fall into the track. (Not a common
problem, but a possibility)

Please let me know if y ou need more information.

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Media / Women's Studies / Document Delivery Program Manager
Arizona State University West
4701 West Thunderbird Road, P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
Phone: 602.543.8522 | Fax: 602.543.8540 | E-Mail:

Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 14:46:27 -0500 (EST)
From: "Kristine R. Brancolini" <>

For a move and renovation of our Media Center, we are investigating
options for compact shelving for our media resource collections --
multiformat. I've seen the Gemtrac High Density Storage Library from
Russ-Bassett at the University of Virginia. Do any of you have experience
with another system? I'm interested in recommendations and cautions.
Thanks for your help... -- Kris

Kristine R. Brancolini, Media/Film Studies/Digital Library Program
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.856.2062 | Email: