Re: [Videolib] "red tag" locking cases for DVDs?

Delin, Peter (
Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:05:03 +0200

Dear Joseph,

just at this moment we are running a test with Red Tag in our
DVD-collection since several months. Red Tag works far more simple than
most other systems with security cases. But there are some drawbacks:

- Red Tag is less safe than security cases because DVD-boxes are rather
flexible and you can bend open the boxes locked with Red Tag at the
outer corners and draw out the disc.

- As far as we know Red Tag works only with boxes for up to two discs.
But we need and use boxes with up to six discs locked by security cases.

- Red Tag is licensed to Amaray boxes which might damage the disc by
their typical Ying Yang buttons (perhaps there are other providers of
DVD-boxes for Red Tag in the US). Before the test with Red Tag we have
used special boxes with smoother buttons. We now applicate to each disc
a special anti-cracking ring from a Spanish provider to avoid damage by Amaray boxes.
This is much work to prepare the discs for Red Tag.

But I know smaller libraries in an academic setting that are satisfied
with Red Tag. In our library with heavy circulation by a general public
I am rather skeptical with Red Tag.

Hope this helps.

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

Watson, Joseph schrieb:
> Hi,
> We're considering transitioning from our current arrangement (with empty
> DVD cases on the shelves and the DVD filed behind the circ desk) to the
> new 3M "Red Tag" locking case system. Has anyone been using it and can
> you offer any real world information about how satisfactory it is? I'd
> really appreciate hearing from folks who have actually used it.
> Thanks,
> Joseph
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> Joseph F. Watson
> Preservation & Processing Manager, LIS Facilities Coordinator
> Library & Information Services
> Middlebury College
> (802)-443-5487 - -
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