Re: interfiling of videos with books

Ralph Huntzinger (
Tue, 23 May 2000 14:18:27 -0700 (PDT)

Personal ( and professional) opinion is that you should follow the
mission/vision statement of the library -- and follow that with all
formats. Valid "arguments" exist for almost any approach and they all
have advantages and and corresponding disadvantages. However, I've more
often found a battle for media money when the media collection is not
treated the same as the other collections -- this tells me that the staff
is not sold on treating all formats the same. When budget/space/time
crunches appear, conflicts rear their hidden heads and at this point
there is little time to build support with reasoning that requires
thought. Video/audio has been around long enought that we can treat it
for the long run instead of making do for today.
However, if the video/audio collection is small and would be totally
lost on the shelf intermixed with the print items, I'd keep it highlighted
in a special location as the token collection that it is.

Ralph Huntzinger