Re: Previewing question

Susan Weber (
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 10:04:29 -0700 (PDT)

There's a difference between previewing and viewing a film for
cataloguing. All our videos are previewed & have an evaluation
form filled in. We only buy PPR programs & average cost can
be $200 per item, so that's why the attention.

A cataloguer views the item once we buy it - & spends as
much as it takes to: verify the title; get keywords that may
go into the summary; write the summary; do subject headings;
verify year of production - in other words, original cataloguing.
We find derived cataloguing to be inconsistent (we haven't
had access to OCLC) & with Z39.50 we do find some, but
sometimes it takes just as long to do the original work.

Because of all the attention above, we find a LOT of
technical problems - high dropout rate; poor sound;
creased tape - and we send all of this back to the supplier.
It's a royal pain, but somebody has to stick up for high
standards. We do buying for a consortium of 29
institutions and our cataloguing is a 'master record' for
the group and our tape is a 'master' for copies which
we have a license to make - so we feel an obligation
to resolve problems before they get multiplied.

Hope this helps,

Susan Weber, M.L.S.
Media Librarian
Langara College
Advanced Education Media Acquisitions Centre (AEMAC)
100 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V5Y 2Z6
Tel. (604) 323-5533 Fax. (604) 323-5475