Re: interfiling of videos with books

Maurine Canarsky (
Mon, 22 May 2000 11:12:22 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Peter,
We've been interfiling our non-fiction videos with our books for about seven
years now.

The patrons love it, in that everything on a particular topic is there in
one spot--books, instructional cassettes, videos. We decided to do this
when we outgrew our "video room". The circulation statistics are excellent
for both fiction and non-fiction videos.

The feature films and "fiction" videos are separate, just as our fiction
book collection is separate from our non-fiction. Our Youth Services
department also has a small children's fiction video and children's
audiobook collection.

We've found that most patrons who are looking for feature films just want to
"find a video", so that's why we have those as a separate collection, rather
than interfiled with the fiction books.

Otherwise, we let the subject approach, rather than the format approach
guide us.

Hope this helps,
Maurine Canarsky, Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701

We are a medium size public library
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Date: Saturday, May 20, 2000 8:56 AM
Subject: interfiling of videos with books

>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?
>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
>stating my case. Thanks in advance.
>Peter Cartford
>AV Librarian
>Johnson County Library
>Overland Park, KS