Re: open shelving

Don Chauncey (
Wed, 3 Jul 2002 06:38:56 -0700 (PDT)

The whole point of the readathon is for people (and other teens) to see
teens reading in a public space. Anything we do in our libraries won't have
impact on non-users. I think, except for SDR, library-sited readathons
would be a fizzle. Maybe Main has enough non-library traffic on the Plaza
to work, but the others don't. I think a way will be found around this.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Haulgren" <>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: open shelving

> Lisa -
> We have had our video collection in open stacks for several years
> now. VHS and DVD are inter-filed by LC call number. The video-store
> mentality does cause some confusion among users though who expect that
> vids will be in title order.
> Tapes are secured using 3Ms video tape security strips applied directly to
> the cassette. We also apply a property label and barcode directly to the
> cassette. We use the newer 3M security rings on our DVDs. These fit
> around the center hole of the DVD on the label side. Our collection is
> about 5,000 pieces and yes, unfortunately we have had some theft in the
> last couple of years. Primarily from the feature film section of the
> collection.
> Last winter we were hit by a systematic theft in which someone removed
> cinephile titles from their cases - leaving the empty cases on the
> shelves. About 18 DVDs and VHS tapes were taken over a couple of weeks.
> We never did "solve" the case but the stealing stopped when Christmas
> break started. That's been our worst incident. At the other end of
> things we found two copies of Electra Glide in Blue on our shelves this
> week sans case - the tapes and cover inserts were neatly shelved but the
> clear vinyl cases had been taken. ????
> We hope to get funding for a major remodel of the A/V area making it more
> secure - reducing 3 exits from the area to one and installing a security
> point. We will then require checkout of vids before leaving the A/V area.
> We've been able to replace most of the stolen and otherwise damaged or
> lost videos using a portion of our fine monies that is set aside as a
> replacement fund. Given that vids are more vulnerable to damage and wear
> out faster than print materials seem to we charge a higher fine ($1.00
> day) on vids to support this fund. It also makes the selectors more
> comfortable with the open stacks arrangement since the cost of replacing
> something generally doesn't come out of their acquisitions money.
> Hoep this helps,
> Frank Haulgren
> ILL / Media & Microforms / Document Delivery
> Wilson Library
> Western Washington University
> Bellingham, WA 98225-9103
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> On Tue, 2 Jul 2002, Lisa Flanzraich wrote:
> > We are seriously considering open shelving from a closed shelving
> > Students would be able to find the videos they want through the call
> > We are an academic library. Are there academic libraries out there that
have open
> > video shelving? What kind of security devices do you use to prevent
theft? Do you
> > use something like the Alpha Secure Case System? All feedback is
> > Thanks
> >