Re: [Videolib] open v. closed stacks

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 11:07:55 -0800

We also have a closed stacks but circulate policy, but we are no where
near the size of your collection. I like the closed stacks but open
circ, I feel it offers the best of both worlds access and control.

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
Central Washington University Library
400 E. 8th AVE
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861

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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 Day
Media Librarian
Robertson Media Center
Clemons Library
University of Virginia
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