Re: "Student-proofing" equipment

Lindsey Watson (watsolin@hvcc.edu)
Wed, 27 May 1998 13:10:24 -0400

JANE , I am LINDSEY WATSON the SENIOR MEDIA SPECIALIST A HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE in TROY, NEW YORK.
Our INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER has thirty individual viewing carols and four small
group viewing rooms ( we average over thirty thousand patrons each academic year).
Our solution for your problem is 1. take student ideas for all uses and have the
work study students or your staff check the area on a regular bases ,make your
presence known to the students. Post signs that students caught tampering with
equipment will have privileges suspended.
2. If possible place your individual viewing media carols in direct line of sight to
your circulation staff. This is what we do and we get the minimal amount of wire
changing and tampering. The only similar problem we had along those lines was we had
a student that had a wristwatch with a infered tv. channel changer on it. he played
havoc on our tv/video combos for about two weeks until we identified him, and
pointed out how his DEAN would be interested to know how creative he was.
good luck !
L.WATSON
Agee, Jane wrote:

> 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