----- Original Message -----
From: "Bergman, Barbara J." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 11:20 AM
Subject: Open stacks in academic libraries
> Speaking of questions that have been asked and answered before...
> The Library dean is suggesting that the videos be put in open stacks.
> I am not personally opposed to the idea, but I'm not sure that there are
> enough benefits in a collection who's first purpose is to support the
> curriculum. And I know that there are those that would be against the
> idea--both library staff and faculty.
> Those of you who have switched to open stacks, I need some specifics
> regarding the pros & cons of open stacks. Such as--
> How much did circulation increase?
> Have you experienced an increased loss rate?
> The current situation:
> Video and DVDs are in closed stacks. We allow browsing during the day.
> On evenings and weekends, Circulation will retrieve videos, but patrons
> can't browse.
> Videos already circulate to all groups, so I'm looking only at changing
> Videos are not currently tattletaped, so that would be an expense. (Kwik
> Cases for all videos would be beyond our budget.)
> (Having heard videolib tales of creative DVD thieves, I'm thinking that
> the DVD collection is much safer staying in closed stacks regardless of
> what we decide regarding the videos.)
> Barb Bergman
> Media Services Librarian
> Minnesota State University-Mankato
> (507) 389-5945