Re: Bookdrop return of videos

Jim Scholtz (
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 09:35:27 -0600 (MDT)

Chuck, I agree whole-heartedly on this subject. We are here to serve
patrons in the most convenient manner possible. When we start pushing
artificial barriers in front of situations just because staff might not
like a new concept or idea, but will undoubtably benefit the patron
(customer or client), then we are not doing or job correctly. Incidently,
I did the same experiment for our board to justify bookdrop use for
videos. Jim Scholtz, Yankton Community Library.

On Wed, 13 Aug 1997 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
> them.
> 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
> help.
> Kathy White
> Door County Library
> 107 S 4th Ave
> Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235>>