[Videolib] Academic Libraries: Pros & Cons of Open vs. Closed Stacks

Threatt, Monique L (mthreatt@indiana.edu)
Fri, 14 Oct 2005 11:42:57 -0500

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This message is for College and University media librarians/subject area
specialists:
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Hello friends,
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Once again, this issue has reared its ugly head.
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We are in the process of making 90% of our Teaching and Research
collection open to IUB faculty, staff, and students. The other 10% will
remain in closed stacks, i.e., hard-to-find, rare, or out-of-print
titles. We wouldn't dare put those in open stacks.
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In the past, we have received student complaints about access and
circulation of the Teaching & Research collection. They want to be able
to check out films for longer than one day class use. To make a good
argument why we should (or not) provide open access, would you be so
kind as to add to the following "Pro and Con" list below. Short terms
preferable. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Reasons for open vs. closed stacks:
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Pros: =20
easy access for all patrons
greater publicity for the collection
May inspire creative research in areas not familiar to student
May inspire students to look at films in a different light, i.e., films
that promote gender, religious, political, race tolerance
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Cons: =20
replacement costs/theft (same concept can be applied to other mediums)
forget to bring films back for others to use (same can be applied to
other mediums)
shelving space
faculty will need to submit their media reserve requests way in advance
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Thanks,
Monique
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Monique Threatt=20
Librarian for Media, Communication & Culture,=20
French & Italian=20
Herman B Wells Library, W121=20
Indiana University=20
Bloomington, IN 47405=20
phone: (812) 855-9857=20
FAX: (812) 855-1649=20
mthreatt@indiana.edu

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This message is for College and University = media=20 librarians/subject area specialists:
 
Hello friends,
 
Once again, this issue has reared its ugly=20 head.
 
We are in the process of making 90% of our = Teaching and=20 Research collection open to IUB faculty, staff, and = students.  The=20 other 10% will remain in closed stacks, i.e., hard-to-find, rare, = or=20 out-of-print titles.  We wouldn't dare put those in open=20 stacks.
 
In the past, we have received student = complaints about=20 access and circulation of the Teaching & Research = collection. =20 They want to be able to check out films for longer than one day class=20 use.  To make a good argument why we should (or not) provide = open=20 access, would you be so kind as to add to the following "Pro = and Con"=20 list below.  Short terms preferable.   Your=20 help is greatly appreciated.
 
Reasons for open vs. closed = stacks:
 
Pros: 
easy access for all = patrons
greater publicity for the = collection
May inspire creative research in areas not = familiar to=20 student
May inspire students to look at films in a = different light,=20 i.e., films that promote gender, religious, political, race=20 tolerance
 
 
Cons: 
replacement costs/theft (same concept can be = applied to=20 other mediums)
forget to bring films back for others to use = (same can be=20 applied to other mediums)
shelving space
faculty will need to submit their media reserve = requests way in advance
 
 
Thanks,
Monique
 

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Monique = Threatt=20
Librarian for = Media,=20 Communication & Culture,
   French & = Italian=20
Herman B Wells = Library,=20 W121
Indiana=20 University
Bloomington, IN  47405
phone:  (812) = 855-9857=20
FAX:  (812)=20 855-1649
mthreatt@indiana.edu

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