"Student-proofing" equipment -Reply

Carole Clemens (CLCLEMENS@bsu.idbsu.edu)
Wed, 27 May 1998 09:10:21 -0600

We have converted our machines to the all-in-one
units with minimum buttons, switches, etc. Before
they are installed and locked down in the carrels,
the technicians who service equipment "fix" the
inside so that only the play-back mechanism can
be used, no TV, editing, remotes, etc. The
headphone boxes are mounted on the sides of the
machines whenever possible. These efforts have
eliminated extra wires and hassles.

Carole Clemens
Albertsons Library
Boise State University

>>> "Agee, Jane" <agee@mail.lib.duke.edu>
05/27/98 08:12am >>>
Good morning,
We are considering how we might make our
public viewing area for video more
"student-proof" to decrease the amount of tampering
with cables and thus
rendering the units non-functional. Currently all
monitors and video playback
units are in carrels in a viewing room adjacent to
the main service desk. I'd
like to hear from anyone who has found a way to
make it more difficult for
students to "play" with the cables.
Also those of you who assign monitors to
your users (monitors in the viewing
area with the playback units behind a desk),
please share with us your
satisfaction/dissatisfaction with this arrangement.
Thank you in advance.
Jane Agee,
Duke University
agee@mail.lib.duke.edu