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Periodical Security Methods (3 messages) Marcia Tuttle 22 Mar 1996 13:16 UTC

Date:         Thu, 21 Mar 1996 15:09:10 EST
Subject:      Re: Periodical Security Methods (Mark Hemhauser)

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Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 14:20:31 EST
From: Mark B. Hemhauser <MH8498A@AMERICAN.EDU>
Subject: Periodical Security Methods

We are planning to switch to an electromagnetic security system such as
the 3M or Knogo system and would like to know what have been the
experiences of other libraries regarding placing the security strips in
all or almost all current pe riodicals. (Our loose periodicals are NOT in
open stacks.) We check in about 1 750 issues per month.  How much time
would it take to place strips in all of them?  Has anyone noticed a
decline in theft from tagging everything?  Does any one have experience
with a random tagging operation?  I imagine that tagging loose periodicals
that are maintained in open stacks is worth the effort, what about tagging
issues in closed stacks?

          When we had a closed stack situation we did not strip the
          loose issues--nor did we experience any loss.  However, now
          that we have an open stack situation we strip everything.
          Judging from the number of times our patrons forget that
          they have a journal in their backpacks I would say our time
          is well spent.

Date:         Thu, 21 Mar 1996 17:29:00 PST
From: "LaJudice, Rose" <RLajudic@HS1.BUFFALO.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Periodical Security Methods (Mark Hemhauser)

Dear Mark,

We have the "Checkpoint" security system with electronic tagging of all
bound and loose journals. It has been a big difference in the rate of
theft. If someone leaves the library without properly checking out an item
an alarm is sounded. We have square shaped stickers that look like
barcodes. Each day as I check in the journals I place a tag on the lower
left back cover. When journal are bound we place a similiar sticker on the
back inside cover and cover it up with a book pocket.

To place strips on all exisitng journals sounds like a job for volunteers
or students. It would be time consuming but worth it.

Good Luck

Rose M. LaJudice
Date:         Thu, 21 Mar 1996 18:11:52 -0600
Subject:      Re: Periodical Security Methods (Mark Hemhauser)

We use 3-m strips and have about 1400 current titles. We have open stacks,
but find that we only strip things that are used most often, since the
strips cost about .15 each-it runs into lots of money. We also feel that
they just cut the pages out if they think every thing is stripped. Most of
our opopular titles are retained on microfiche, since we have much

Vickey Baumli, Northwest Missouri State Univ.