Re: Open shelving and classing of videos

Virginia Chapman (
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 10:15:31 +0000

Hi Suzanne- we are also considering moving our 5,000 + videos into open
>>stacks. Would you mind sharing replies you get from others regarding this
>>issue ?
>>Thank you so much- Virginia Chapman
>>>First, many thanks to all who helped with advice on 16mm renting and
>>>purchasing. Your supporting statements were very helpful. I now am turning
>>>my attention to new facilities planning, and I wanted to poll people about
>>>their open shelving and classing of videos. Our videocassette collection
>>>(around 2500 titles at present) is housed in closed stacks and arranged by
>>>accession number. Our sound recordings, which are in a separate building,
>>>are in open stacks (have been for nearly 20 years) and are classed according
>>>to a Library of Congress-like scheme. We are planning for a library
>>>expansion, and sound recordings will join videos and other non-print
>>>materials in a new space as a result. The space will be a self-contained
>>>unit within the library with its own security system. I am contemplating
>>>open shelving for the videos, but I also think that if we do this we ought
>>>to class them in some way that will facilitate shelf browsing. The videos
>>>circulate outside the library to faculty and students and are heavily used,
>>>both for reserves and for recreational viewing. Having to page non-rserve
>>>videos is becoming a chore, and if we have been successful with sound
>>>recordings (without a secruity system in place, mind you), can we not expect
>>>the same measure of success with videos? We would have to tattletape
>>>them--I have a vague recollection that there was discussion about this on
>>>the list at some point. Is it safe to tattletape the videos themselves? Is
>>>it worth the trouble to re-class them.
>>>Many thanks in advance, again, for your advice on this!
>>>Suzanne Risley


Virginia A. Chapman
Media Center, University Libraries
PO Box 90001, VPI & SU
Blacksburg, Va 24062-9001