RE: Request for Information

Pat McGee (
Fri, 5 Oct 2001 08:33:41 -0700 (PDT)

We have closed stacks here at Tennessee Technological University but allow
faculty to browse.
The advantage is that we keep better control of the collection--things
mostly don't get misshelved or 'lost.' Also our stacks area is quite
congested; space allows for only 1 person in an aisle.
If we had open access I don't think we could get any other work done because
of the way the department is laid out. We also have a substantial number of
videos on reserve; open access might cause problems with this part of the
We provide notebooks that give users title/ call number listings of films by
genre, subject. Even though all our holdings are in the online catalog and
a keyword search works well for specific subjects/titles, a paper list is
useful and appreciated. We have a substantial number of international
students who are heavy viewers of our feature films; they especially like
the paper 'catalog.'
Hope this is helpful.
Pat McGee
Coordinator of Media Services
University Library
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN 38505

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Hornbeck, Patty
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2001 10:03 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Request for Information

Dear Videolibbers,
This is an urgent request for information/opinions on open stack v. closed
stack storage of videos in an academic library. If you have pros and cons
that you can share with me, I would really appreciate it.
Patricia Hornbeck
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury, VT 05753

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