Re: interfiling of videos with books

Victoria Caplan (
Sun, 21 May 2000 18:07:03 -0700 (PDT)

Our videos are in a separate area than the book stacks. I guess we do it
because we think that separating formats makes sense. We also separate the
books from the periodicals, and the fiche from the film. Within the videos
we also separate the VHS from the LD's and from the VCD's.

I think that video is a distinctive enough format to warrant separate
shelving. We also have a much shorter loan period for videos than we do
for books.

Victoria Caplan
HKUST Library, Media Resources

On Sat, 20 May 2000 wrote:

> 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