Prof. LaRoi Lawton
Bronx Community College
Library & Learning Resources
----- Original Message -----
From: Susan Weber <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: Previewing question
> 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
> email: email@example.com