[Videolib] DVD storage - suggestions wanted

Lynne Bisko (lbisko@elon.edu)
Thu, 18 Sep 2003 10:51:12 -0400

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Hi! I'm interested in ideas on the best way to store DVDs at an academic
library. I looked through the list archive and found a few threads on
the topic. But it's been 5-6 months since the most recent discussion, so
I thought I'd ask again to see if anyone has come up with any better
solutions.

Currently, we store our DVD collection of 600+ DVDs behind the
circulation desk. We put photos of the front covers of the DVD cases in
a binder for potential viewers to browse. The problems we have with this
method are that 1) users and staff don't know if a DVD is available
until staff goes to get it off the shelf (they could look in the
catalog, but these are students we're talking about...); 2) users can't
always tell if they want to see the DVD since they're looking at the
front, not the back of the DVD that is usually more descriptive; and 3)
we're quickly running out of space behind the circ desk.

We're thinking about moving the collection into the stacks. This would
let users easily see what is available, as well as let them view the
entire case so they can see what the DVD is about. However, we're a bit
concerned about theft. So, we're considering either 1) storing the DVDs
in a secure case in the stacks or 2) storing the case only in the stacks
and making users come to circ to get the actual DVD (although the second
option doesn't really solve our limited space problem).

My questions to you all are:
1) Where do you store your DVDs: in the stacks, at the circ desk, or
cases in stacks and DVDs at circ desk?
2) If DVDs are stored in the stacks, do you use a security system, which
one and what do you think of it?
3) If DVDs are stored at the circ desk, with cases in the stacks, how do
you store the actual DVDs?=20

Any ideas you have, as well as suggestions on products used, will be
greatly appreciated. Please reply directly to me and I'll summarize for
the list if anyone else is interested.

Thanks a bunch!
Lynne=20

Lynne Bisko
Non-print Librarian
Elon University
336.278.6587
lbisko@elon.edu

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DVD storage - suggestions wanted

Hi! I’m interested in = ideas on the best way to store DVDs at an academic library. I looked = through the list archive and found a few threads on the topic. But = it’s been 5-6 months since the most recent discussion, so I = thought I’d ask again to see if anyone has come up with any better = solutions.

Currently, we store our DVD = collection of 600+ DVDs behind the circulation desk. We put photos of = the front covers of the DVD cases in a binder for potential viewers to = browse. The problems we have with this method are that 1) users and = staff don’t know if a DVD is available until staff goes to get it = off the shelf (they could look in the catalog, but these are students = we’re talking about…); 2) users can’t always tell if = they want to see the DVD since they’re looking at the front, not = the back of the DVD that is usually more descriptive; and 3) we’re = quickly running out of space behind the circ desk.

We’re thinking about = moving the collection into the stacks. This would let users easily see = what is available, as well as let them view the entire case so they can = see what the DVD is about. However, we’re a bit concerned about = theft. So, we’re considering either 1) storing the DVDs in a = secure case in the stacks or 2) storing the case only in the stacks and = making users come to circ to get the actual DVD (although the second = option doesn’t really solve our limited space problem).

My questions to you all = are:
1) Where do you store your = DVDs: in the stacks, at the circ desk, or cases in stacks and DVDs at = circ desk?
2) If DVDs are stored in the = stacks, do you use a security system, which one and what do you think of = it?
3) If DVDs are stored at the = circ desk, with cases in the stacks, how do you store the actual DVDs? =

Any ideas you have, as well as = suggestions on products used, will be greatly appreciated. Please reply = directly to me and I’ll summarize for the list if anyone else is = interested.

Thanks a bunch!
Lynne


Lynne Bisko
Non-print Librarian
Elon University
336.278.6587
lbisko@elon.edu

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