[Videolib] DVD shelving

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:14:04 -0500

We have a staff member who wants to change our DVD shelving. At this time,
we have our DVDs in security cases. Her complaint is that the security
cases don't stand up well, the security cases make it too difficult for
patrons and pages to read the dvd cases, and that the security cases take up
too much room, which we are running out of. Her solution is to double
shelve - Number the dvds adn discs, put the empty dvd cases on the shelves,
and store the discs in envelopes/folders in numerical order. - which take up
so much less space. We used to do this for videos - have the sleeves out on
the floor, and the videos in closed access. We stopped, because of lack of
space, and it also created double work. Our collection is only going to
grow, which does make space a problem, but this is only a temporary

Along with the fact, that this will mean more handling of a format that is
already proven to be fragile, does anyone have any arguments against this,
or am I alone in thinking that this just isn't a good idea for a growing

Another thing this staff member wants to do is interfile all children's and
adult ficiton and nonfiction. Our collection is entirely in Adult Services,
but I have the Adult Fiction and Nonfiction separate, and Children's
Fiction, Holiday, and Nonfiction separate. Of course, I was going by how
people ask for videos, the audience levels, and the arrangement of books in
the Children's department, but again, I could be really wrong.

Sorry if this sounds like a rant. (well, it is, kind of.) I have meeting
with this staff member and our assistant director about this on Tuesday
morning, so any help by then would be really appreciated.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

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