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

Logan, Michael (
Tue, 7 Mar 2006 09:39:50 -0800

We do much the same thing at our public library, the difference being we
keep the discs in soft CD/DVD Fellowes sleeves behind the Circ desk. The
sleeves help minimize scratching, and our circ staff handle the discs by
the edges and center hole. We have not found white cotton gloves to be
necessary. ;) Since we began circulating our DVDs this way, we have had
zero losses due to theft. And, as we employ this method system-wide, we
do not apply security tags to any of the items.

When we began investigating our security options before we began
circulating DVDs, we looked into Kwik Cases (among others). We found a
determined thief with a screwdriver could remove a DVD in about 30
seconds. That, combined with the cost of processing per disc (approx.
$6.00 using Kwik Cases & security tags vs. $0.67 behind the desk), made
our current procedure the only viable option for us. Of course, your
mileage may vary...

Michael Logan
Acquisitions & Technical Services
Humboldt County Library
(707) 269-1962

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Melissa
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 8:03 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Does loose filing of DVDs cause scratches?

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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