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Re: 3M Security System & computer disks (2 messages) Birdie MacLennan 29 Feb 1996 17:55 UTC

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Date:         Thu, 29 Feb 1996 08:38:35 -0600
From:         Betsy Polakowski <ejpolakowski@STTHOMAS.EDU>
Subject:      Re: 3M Security System & computer disks

We had the same questions so, being a Minnesota library, I got on the
phone last year and called down the road to talk to the folks at 3M.
They assured me that the security gate will cause no harm to disks,
tapes, videos, laptops or anything.

The only thing that is a problem is the sensitizer/desensitizer
equipment.  Do not run any of the above through the desensitizer.  That
would wipe out the magnetic disks, tapes and videos.

Because of this we used to put bright pink warnings on the covers of
all our books that had disks or CD's in a back pocket with a warning
to remove them before desensitizing or sensitizing the books at check
out.  Recently, we decided to remove them ourselves and store them at
the reserve desk, leaving a note in the book informing patrons where
the disks are.

\ \\//    (The Vulcan hand sign for live long and prosper)

Betsy Polakowski
University of St. Thomas - John Ireland Library
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
On Wed, 28 Feb 1996, Donna Sue Yanney wrote:

> We have a 3M security system and many, many students here are very
> reluctant to take computer disks through the gate.  They hold the disks
> above their heads and often (my real complaint) their entire book
> bags.  I tell them there is no danger to their disks.  They say they
> have heard stories about disks getting messed up.  Better safe than
> sorry.  Is there something I can say to ease their minds?  Or are they
> right?  Does anyone have an official statement from 3M? ....

Date:    Thu, 29 Feb 1996 10:39:14 GMT
From:    Keith D. Renwick <>
Subject: Re: 3M Security System & computer disks

The only way disks get wiped is when they are "desensitised" on a
book desensitisor, which is occasionally done accidently, also audio
tapes. We don't really have the problem of students walking through
with them above their heads, although they can put them a bypass
shelf or give them to our Library Attendant on the door.
Hope this is useful.

Keith D. Renwick,
Head of Technical Services & Administration,
UMIST Library & Information Service,
P.O.Box 88,
Manchester M60 1QD.
Tel : (44) 161-200 4940
Fax : (44) 161-200 4941
E-Mail :