Open Stacks for Library Videos

Sandra Macke, Bethany Sewell


Many academic libraries wrestle with how to provide access to video material. Documentary DVD purchases can cost much more than their book counterparts. Additionally, DVDs are much more sensitive to frequent use, and are easily scratched or damaged. Security and preservation issues have led some libraries to keep video material, especially DVDs, in closed stacks; however, moving a video collection to open stacks better serves patrons’ needs and increases visibility and use of the collection. This case study provides an overview and positive outcomes of one library’s experience in expanding access to its DVD collection and increasing the scope of its collection development policy.

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