The popular vids usually tend to stick in one's mind, either because the staff takes home a copy to watch for themselves, or it is the same flicks that are being circulated in and out, over and over again. In trying to come up with an effective way to account for missing vids so that the database of catalog items doesn't mislead users, is by pulling up the popular vids to check their status, search for them on the display racks, then update the status if item's turn up missing.
One thing's certain, after watching the news covering the swarms of protesters in the street yesterday, I find it hard not to view the library department as a consolation to make up for the opportunistic businesses that put laborers through such inhumane conditions. What else could justify anybody in this country desperate enough to take what doesn't belong to them (taxpayer or not)?
What a difference when a person walks in to a bookstore/video store to browse the collection. It's because all the good stuff from libraries always mysteriously disappears.