Re: Open shelving and classing of videos

Tony Neal (
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 08:46:00 -0700 (PDT)

Well, Suzanne, here's our experience with "stripping" a/v materials. 3M
and other security measures companys don't like to hear this, but these
security measures just don't make good economic sense. We no longer strip
*any* of our a/v materials and all are on open shelves. We decided to do
this several years ago when we discovered that any patron can steal
anything at any time if they want it badly enough, stripping be damned.
We lose the occasional CD or video now, but, unless it's prohibitively
expensive--which some of your academic tapes undoubtedly are--it's not
worth the processing time and mental worry involved. And most patrons
still think everything is stripped, so keep that a secret, will you ;>)?

On Wed, 7 Aug 1996, Suzanne Risley wrote:

(edited by Tony for brevity)

> 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
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Tony Neal
Media Librarian
1301 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, Wa 98310
voice 360-405-9101
fax 360-405-9128

Opinions expressed are my own.