interfiling of videos with books

Cartford@jcl.lib.ks.us
Sat, 20 May 2000 09:53:11 -0700 (PDT)

There's a move afoot at my library to interfile non-movie videos with the
book collection. (This is in the main library building of a large suburban
public system--non-movie video collection numbers about 6,000, book
collection numbers about 300,000.) I'm interested in knowing if any list
members are currently doing this, and if so what you see as the advantages
and disadvantages. Has there been any effect on your circulation and
turnover rates? Comments from others are welcome as well on both a
philosophical and practical level. Is video a distinctive enough format to
deserve a separate place and somewhat special treatment in the library? And
as a patron, how would you prefer to find the videos in your
library--shelved separately or interfiled with the books? I have my own
take on these questions but would like to see what list members think before
stating my case. Thanks in advance.

Peter Cartford
AV Librarian
Johnson County Library
Overland Park, KS