The new DVD check-out system seems to be working out well. Patrons and staff alike appreciate the convenience of the new cases, as the time it takes to check out is much decreased. Here’s a tip: since the discs have nothing to lock them in place after we remove the red button, turn the case face side down before you open it. This way the discs won’t fall out and risk scratches. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
In order to cut down on confusion, it was decided to keep the small Blu-ray collection behind the desk and put out “dummy” cases. For now, those cases may be found at the end of the DVD shelves. The patron simply brings the empty case up to the desk and the staff swaps that case for the one that contains the disc.
Spanning the technology gap in our area means we must also retain a collection of VHS tapes. We have many patrons who still use that technology and many fine films are not available in DVD format. As we replace tapes with discs, we may weed out some of the tapes. While we have no budget for buying tapes, we do receive many from patrons who no longer want them, so we occasionally add a “new” VHS title to the collection to give patrons a different selection.