Interfiling Video Genres

Judy Falzon (
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 08:48:03 -0700 (PDT)


I am part of a Committee to standardize labels and processing across a
multibranch system. Our Committee is making recommendations about A-V

We at the main library have approximately 10,000 videos, most of them
popular adult and juvenile feature films. The majority of our non-new
titles have 1-3 copies per genre depending on shelf space, although we can
have as many as 4-8 copies (Bambi, for example). Currently we have about 8
adult genres--Western, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Foreign, Mystery/Suspense,
Horror, Sci-Fi, Musicals.

Branches have collections of videos that are 20% or less of our number of

We are mulling the idea of interfiling all our Main Library adult videos
alphabetically by title (not exact alphabetical, but let's say by first 3
letters of title), while retaining the genre designation on the spine (and
highlighting the genre).

Has anyone made such a dramatic rearrangement? I anticipate some patron
backlash, and we will produce lots of videography lists by categories to
help browsers.

I am looking for feedback, advice, opinions, on the wisdom of this.
Because this is a Committee with a deadline, we won't have time to survey
or sample patrons.

Shelvers will be surveyed.

Thanks for input anyone cares to provide.

Judith Falzon
Head of Audio Visual Services
St. Joseph County Public Library Voice: (219) 282-4608
304 S. Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601-2230