theft from collection

Maureen Tripp (
Tue, 4 Mar 2003 12:20:40 -0800 (PST)

First, thank you to everyone who sent advice regarding my previous question about an instructor who wanted to add pornography to the video collection. So far, the instructor hasn't made specific requests, but once she does, I feel better prepared.

Now, a more pressing problem. We have had an epidemic of missing DVDs from our collection--not in circulation, not late. About half were last circulated to students; many were inhouse bookings, and 7 (out of 28) were never circulated at all, meaning they were handed to customers without being recorded in our circulation system, or were stolen. I think it is pretty obvious we are dealing with an inhouse thief.

Has anyone ever dealt with a similar situation? And a related question: how often, and how, do you inventory your collections?
Thanks for any feedback.