Media in Library Storage

Brigid Duffy (
Tue, 9 May 2000 18:48:54 -0700 (PDT)

Dear VideoLibers,

San Francisco State University is planning to move as much of the
Library's collections (books, media, manuscripts, maps, etc.) as possible
to a four-floor storage facility with an autmatic retrieval system, while
the Library building itself is remodeled. Our Audio Visual/ITV Center is
in the Library Building, so the Library people have been telling us how
great the ARS system will be and how housing media in the ARS is a good
idea. We're concerned about retrieval times and storage conditions; we
store our media in compact shelving within our AV/ITV Center, and don't
see any advantage to transferring it to the Library's proposed ARS system.

Does anyone have experience they're willing to share about storing and
retrieving media from a (fairly) large ARS system?

The only information I've been able to pull up on the Web so far is from
CSU Northridge, which describes 10-15 minute retrieval times (from when
the patron hands in the request to the time the item is handed to them)
and mold problems. Frankly, that doesn't sound good to us.

Thanks in advance,

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200