video security

Lisbeth S. Goldberg (lisbeth@CapAccess.org)
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 09:24:45 -0500 (EST)

This email is directed toward public libraries. Does anyone successfully
circulate a home video collection, without any security system in a
public library? At the Arlington County Library, our video circulation
is 17,000+ checkouts per month on a collection of 7000 items, 50%
non-fiction, 25% children's and 25% popular movies or made-for-tv
series.

We are about to move the circulation component of our av operation to the
central circ desk. Dragging 17,000 videos a month over our 3M
sensitizers/desensitizers is a bit labor intensive. We've also
considered alternate security systems such as KWIK case.

The bottom line is that the cost of home videos is no longer what it once
was. Even new titles can be acquired in the $10 - $30 range. We are
just reevaluating whether or not continuing with the current 3M system is
really cost effective or worth the effort. Any experience or opinions
with this issue are welcome...

Lisbeth S. Goldberg lisbeth@CapAccess.org
Audiovisual Librarian at Arlington County Library, VA
(703)358-6339