Re: [Videolib] Open access to DVD collection

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:19:09 -0500

Coral,
We allow open access to most of our DVD collection. We have all DVDs that contain one or two discs on open shelving. Anything with more than two discs gets a dummy case on the open shelve, with the discs in the original case behind the Circulation desk. They trade at checkout.

We used to have all the DVD discs behind the Circ desk, with the cases on open shelving. Staff put the discs in at checkout. However, this was repetitive, took time to do and space behind the desk.

We decided a year ago to eliminate as much repetitive work as possible and, as part of that decision, decided to place most of the DVDs out in open shelving. We have had some stolen but not as many as we thought. We don't plan to return them to closed shelving.

Renee

Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218/730-4240

>>> "Coral Peterson" <cpeter@reginalibrary.ca> 4/27/2007 10:15 am >>>

Is there a public library out there allowing open access to their DVD
collections - no security.

How did you decide on an acceptable loss rate?

Coral

Coral Peterson, B.A., M.L.I.S.
AV Collections Coordinator
The Regina Public Library

TEL. (306) 777-6012
FAX (306) 949-7260
cpeter@reginalibrary.ca
www.reginalibrary.ca

Mail: P.O. Box 2311
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4P 3Z5

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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.