Re: [Videolib] DVD shelving

Sarah Andrews (
Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:35:31 -0500

Hi Becky-
I'm replying off list for this. I work at an academic library with closed
stacks, and sub at 2 public libraries.

1. What are you using for security? At the libraries I work at, we have
the security system where the dvds are in special cases, with just a
locking "stick" on the side (Secure-case). They basically look like cases
in a store, and nothing is covered up for patrons.
These work pretty well and aren't that much work. But--they ain't
cheap. The strips cost $.89 and the cases $1.29.
If you could afford it, these cases are very secure. (We also put mag
strips on the plastic cases just in case someone wants to try to take off
with the dvd anyway). Another plus to these cases--people don't seem to
break dvds because they come out easily.

2. I would STRONGLY recommend NOT shelving all the books together, unless
you use call numbers and stickers on every book so subjects/authors would
fall together. Example of problem: Student needs to do a paper on a
subject. They would have a more difficult time identifying fiction (not
usable for the paper) and fiction. At one library I work at all
non-fiction is shelved together, and children's is marked with a J
(juvenile). This works ok in a small collection, but we do have to answer
a lot of questions for people like "is this appropriate for my needs?"

3. I would not shelve all the films together, because then it will be
really easy for children to pick up R rated films--and you will have
complaints from their parents. Reality is--some boxes for adult films have
scantily clothed women, guns, etc. and kids are attracted to them.

Sarah Andrews
Iowa City, IA

At 10:14 AM 10/24/2003, you wrote:
>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
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