RE: Open stacks in academic libraries

Tatar, Becky (
Tue, 8 Oct 2002 09:49:39 -0700 (PDT)

We are a public library, so I know that our collection rationale is
different from an academic library, but we have seen between a 30 - 40%
increase in circulation since we moved our videos from closed to open
stacks. Most of our collection is nonfiction We are also experiencing more
loss, which is almost entirely feature film. I would like to put targets on
the actual videos. However, I can't get a satisfactory answer on something
connected to this. In the past, we targeted the cases for audiobooks. We
have a Checkpoint radio frequency security system, with 2 different
frequencies in our main building due to a former security company we had.
After a while, we noticed that books on cassette with targets started having
more sound problems. After we stopped targeting the cases, the problems
decreased. I know, this makes NO sense. This is a radio frequency system,
not a magnetic system. The targets never touched the tapes. So I am leary
of trying it on the videos. We have experienced some loss, not as much as I
thought. Oh, and we are out of room, again. sigh.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209