On Wed, 13 Aug 1997 CEbert2@aol.com wrote:
> Don't get me started on this! It took me three attempts over the course of a
> year to get my library to allow patrons to return video tapes in the book
> drops. I finally triumphed when I went into the manager's meeting and
> dropped a video on the floor. Then I dropped about ten books on it,
> demonstrating once and for all that nothing would happen.
> If you circulate them in decent plastic cases, videos do much better in book
> drops than books. We had a patron who actually ran over a video with a car.
> The case was totalled, but the video was playable. The shell had a small
> crack but the tape inside was fine. We put it in a new shell and put it back
> on the shelves.
> As for the temperature thing: First of all you're only going to get warping
> if the tape is left in direct sunlight. Secondly, everything I've ever read
> has indicated that as long as the tape is allowed to return to room
> temperature before playing, it will not sustain any damage. If properly
> taken care of, your tapes will wear out from overuse before the weather gets
> A lot of people in my library said that patrons would not be happy if they
> had to pay for videos damaged in the book drops. My reply was that it was
> the library's policy that a patron is responsible for any item on his/her
> card no matter how it was returned. They don't like paying for damaged books
> either, but circ makes them, even if they were damaged in a drop.
> IMHO, there is absolutely no reason to deny patrons the convenience of
> returning videos in the book drop.
> I warned you not to get me started.
> -Chuck Ebert
> Head, Audio-Visual Services
> Muskingum County Library System
> Zanesville, OH
> <<Greetings! O wise videofolk:
> I'd like your help with a puzzling issue: Are videos harmed
> when returned into a bookdrop?
> We're trying to decide how best to serve the convenience of our public
> library customers vs the risk of damage to the AV material. Some of our
> branch libraries have free-standing bookdrop bins, so the bin contents get
> hot in the (75-90 degree) summer and freeze in the (zero and below) winter.
> Some have slots that drop the items (books, magazines, audio- and
> videotapes) directly into a box within the library.
> What is your experience with videos being returned to a drop? Or,
> can you direct me to information on the subject? Thanks for your
> Kathy White
> Door County Library
> 107 S 4th Ave
> Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235>>