[Videolib] academic libraries - media on open shelves

Joanna Duy (joanna.duy@concordia.ca)
Wed, 21 Mar 2007 17:09:38 -0400

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Hello-

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I am writing from Concordia University, a large academic university in
Montreal, Canada. We are exploring ways to make our media collections
more browsable to users, and one thing we're considering is moving the
collection (or some of it) into a publicly accessible area (currently
it's all behind a service desk; users have to come and ask for a title).

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It would be great to hear from other academic libraries that have media
collections that are browsable and/or in "open stacks". How does it work
for you? What part of your collection is available in this way? Are
people able to use self-checkout machines to check out materials? How do
you secure media materials and do you know your loss rate? I know a
rather large number of public libraries shelve in open stacks, but I'm
particularly interested to hear from academic libraries.=20

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Thanks very much-

Joanna Duy

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--
Joanna Duy
Head, Periodicals and Media Services
Concordia University Libraries
Webster Library, LB 345
1400 de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ex. 7746
E-mail: joanna.duy@concordia.ca <mailto:joanna.duy@concordia.ca>=20

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span = style=3D'font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial'>It would be great to hear from other academic = libraries that have media collections that are browsable and/or in &#8220;open = stacks&#8221;. How does it work for you? What part of your collection is available in = this way? Are people able to use self-checkout machines to check out materials? = How do you secure media materials and do you know your loss rate? I know a = rather large number of public libraries shelve in open stacks, but I&#8217;m particularly interested to hear from academic libraries. = <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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