RE: Interfiling Video Genres

Judy Jones (
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 10:55:58 -0700 (PDT)

Do you book for faculty? How can you be assured that the video/film a
faculty member wants for a particular class on a particular day is going to
be available?

-----Original Message-----
From: Sr. Gilmary Speirs []
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 10:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Interfiling Video Genres

We intershelve books, audiocassettes, and videocassettes in Dewey
classification on open shelves and have found it satisfactory. Often
patrons will find a media title that they did not know even existed.
Because of size, we shelve the compact discs separately.

Sr. Gilmary Speirs, I.H.M.
Collection Management Librarian for Non-Print
Marywood University
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598
Phone: (570) 348-6266
Fax: (570) 961-4769

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 12:28 PM
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Subject: Re: Interfiling Video Genres

We file ours by call number, same as the book (and other) collections.
It's handy for us, especially with the use of an online catalog. We use LC
numbers -- don't know how this would work with Dewey....

I don't see why filing by title would not work --- except for constant
shifting when new acquisitions come in. But it would not be as nice for
patron browsing, especially if they are looking for movies in a particular

Sue DeHut

--On Wed, Apr 26, 2000 8:47 AM -0700 Judy Falzon
<> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I am part of a Committee to standardize labels and processing across a
> multibranch system. Our Committee is making recommendations about A-V
> materials.
> 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
> 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
> titles.
> 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
> 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
> *************************************************

Susan Davis-DeHut
Director, Educ. Media Services
Linfield College
900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR 97128