[Videolib] open v. closed stacks

Erika Day (eld2n@virginia.edu)
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 12:48:06 -0500

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This has been a very interesting thread for me as we'll be moving our
3,000+ title DVD collection from closed to open stacks later this
Spring. Our situation seems unique, though, in that we circulate our
entire collection despite the fact that it's housed in closed stacks.
Does any other library use this model?

I'm not concerned about faculty not having on-demand access to items
for class, since we already circulate, they're use to putting things on
reserve. We're in the habit of buying multiple copies of high use
items and already replace 5-10 damaged DVDs a week.

We'll continue to shelve reserve items in our media vault, and our VHS
collection will remain in the vault for the time being as well. This
is more of a space issue than a security one. But I would imagine that
we'll make allowances for expensive/rare titles as those are more
frequently released on DVD or at such time as we move the VHS
collection to open stacks as well.

To those with open stacks what type of shelving do you use for your
DVDs? Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over
again? We're planning on using kwik cases but have not committed to
them at this point, any thoughts on that?

Erika

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Erika Day
Media Librarian
Robertson Media Center
Clemons Library
University of Virginia
(434) 924-3341 |  eld2n@virginia.edu

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This has been a very interesting thread for me as we'll be moving our 3,000+ title DVD collection from closed to open stacks later this Spring. Our situation seems unique, though, in that we circulate our entire collection despite the fact that it's housed in closed stacks. Does any other library use this model?

I'm not concerned about faculty not having on-demand access to items for class, since we already circulate, they're use to putting things on reserve. We're in the habit of buying multiple copies of high use items and already replace 5-10 damaged DVDs a week.

We'll continue to shelve reserve items in our media vault, and our VHS collection will remain in the vault for the time being as well. This is more of a space issue than a security one. But I would imagine that we'll make allowances for expensive/rare titles as those are more frequently released on DVD or at such time as we move the VHS collection to open stacks as well.

To those with open stacks what type of shelving do you use for your DVDs? Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over again? We're planning on using kwik cases but have not committed to them at this point, any thoughts on that?

Erika

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Erika Day

Media Librarian

Robertson Media Center

Clemons Library

University of Virginia

(434) 924-3341 | eld2n@virginia.edu

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