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Camp Red Cloud library director Denial Sadowitz with some of the DVDs that now will be loaned from libraries at South Korean bases.

Camp Red Cloud library director Denial Sadowitz with some of the DVDs that now will be loaned from libraries at South Korean bases. (Seth Robson / S&S)

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Libraries at U.S. bases in South Korea are updating their Korean-language materials to help avoid damage from a magnetic security system.

The entire Korean-language cassette library at Camp Red Cloud was wiped by the system, Dr. Kim Im-soon, Korea Regional Office acting command librarian, said Thursday. The system uses a magnetic field to sensitize materials at the library before they pass through a door scanner. Kim said the tapes would be replaced with more compact discs. She said libraries all over South Korea are replacing tapes with CDs, which are unaffected by the security system.

“More people prefer CDs now. If a vendor brings out more [Korean-language] CDs with books we will prefer to buy those,” she said. “However, if an item we want only has cassettes we will still buy it.”

The trend also is being seen with entertainment items, officials said. More patrons are looking for CDs instead of cassettes, so ordering priorities will shift for those products as well.

USFK’s 23 libraries are good places to get Korean language-materials or other study aids — and everything is free, said Kim.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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