RE: [Videolib] Does loose filing of DVDs cause scratches?

John Fossett (
Tue, 7 Mar 2006 07:58:43 -0800

We lost nearly 650 DVDs in 6 months, approximately 10% of the
entertainment DVD collection. In spite of my pleas for a theft deterrent
we continued without a security system in place. It took an article in
the local paper to facilitate change. Now we're placing the discs behind
the desk and displaying empty cases. It takes more staff time (we're
tracking it at several branches) but our loss rates are very close to
I believe there's a more efficient, cost-effective way to protect the
collection than the one we use, but at this time don't know what that
is. And the folks on the list don't appear to agree on one method. Just
recently I've heard from library systems where they have found empty
cases that have been pried open.
Has your system tracked the cost benefit of the Kwik Kase method? If so,
would you be willing to share the info?

John F. Fossett
Media Librarian
Kitsap Regional Library
1301 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, WA 98310

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jerry Notaro
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 5:00 AM
Cc: medialib
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Does loose filing of DVDs cause scratches?

I'll have to disagree with your assessment Melissa. How can it be a
and space saver when you adding extra steps for staff time and extra
at check out? And unless your circulation staff are trained in proper
handling of unsleeved DVD's and are wearing white cotton gloves you are
to have problems with the DVD's playing. We have been using Kwik Kases
the regular shelves for years and are true labor and money savers.
strip the discs and put clear covers on them, which also is an option.

Jerry Notaro, Media Librarian

> 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
> 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?
> 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
> but there may be new ideas and information as well.
> Thanks,
> Melissa Riley
> San Francisco Public Library
> Mriley@sfpl.orgUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg

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