[Videolib] Does loose filing of DVDs cause scratches?

Melissa Riley (mriley@sfpl.org)
Mon, 6 Mar 2006 20:03:10 -0800

Some of our branches file naked DVDs by acquisition number in slots in a drawer at the circ desk, each separated by a numbered piece of manila file folder paper, separated by tabbed sections. These take up almost no space--especially since most of the discs are checked out at all times. When the patron brings up the empty box they have found by browsing, we insert the disc into the box and check it out.

This is a great labor and space saver, and is far simpler, more ergonomic, and faster than other systems which prevent theft.
As they get checked out they are put into the DVD case by the staff.
Does anyone have evidence that this system would cause appreciably more scratches than other filing systems? Or any comments?
Were this system universally applied in a library system, it might not be necessary to have security strips on the discs.
Are there studies on what causes and what prevents scratches? Presumably anything the patrons do is more likely to scratch them than merely filing them naked in a drawer!

I suspect you have discussed this at length before and may need to direct my attention to part of the archives. I found some related info in March 2003, but there may be new ideas and information as well.


Melissa Riley
San Francisco Public Library

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