We are very interested in boosting our circulation counts by making as many VHS/DVD titles as possible available for browsing. We have had the bulk of our VHS on open shelves for years, without too much shrinkage.
Since DVD's are more "appetizing" and easy to shove in a pocket, we put the case out on the shelf for browsing and keep the DVD's in jewel boxes behind the desk. When a patron brings the box from the shelf to the desk, we transfer the disk to the box for checkout--like in a used CD store. A sticker appears on each box, telling the patron to ask for the DVD at Circulation
When titles are regularly used for teaching, are rare, or very expensive, we give them "restricted" circulation and keep them behind the desk at all times, but they are visible in the OPAC.
With the DVD's it takes a minute more to put the item in the patron's hands, but no real problems.
Florida Int'l University
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