RE: [Videolib] AV in after hours drop boxes

Stephen Davies (
Wed, 17 Dec 2003 12:19:03 -0700

We once had a policy forbidding the return of a/v thru our dropslots.
The turnaround time usually has to be faster with our a/v than with our
books so we wanted the a/v brought directly to us. And there was the
damage issue of heavy items falling on CDs, which probably won't stay
closed after even a short drop. (On the other hand, our local public
library insists that all CDs circulate in a padded envelope and it charges
a replacement cost if the CD is not returned in the envelope.)
Anyway, we recently renovated our library and created separate
dropslots for the a/v and for the books. We now have a pair at the Library
entrance, and two pairs outside the Library which are accessible 24x7, not
just after hours. The a/v dropslot is considerably narrower than the book
dropslot, preventing books from fitting in. We made a commitment to empty
the dropboxes more often each day.

In a sad sign of the times, one of this city's better videostores was
torched in the fall by someone dropping a firebomb in the after hours
return. Several other videostores were similarly targetted. The newspaper
claimed that the vdieostores were going to install a fire retarding
dropbox. I have no idea what that would be.

Stephen Davies
Mount Royal College, Calgary


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