RE: interfiling of videos with books

Sr. Gilmary Speirs (speirs@MARYWOOD1.MARYWOOD.EDU)
Wed, 24 May 2000 12:43:44 -0700 (PDT)

When "behind the desk shelving space" for audiocassettes was too small, we
placed titles in cassette albums and intershelved them in the book
collection according to DDC. Eventually we did the same with the video
collection and patrons have accepted and used the arrangement
satisfactorily. We classify Feature Films as 790.138 so they are shelved
with related film books. Our circulation increased for these titles. For
shelf-browsers it is a delight to find media versions they didn't even know
existed. An art faculty member objected; preferred all art videos in a
separate section (not with books) but she has accepted the arrangement.
Physical package count - Audiocassettes: 6,770+
Videocassettes: 4,767+
If compact disc case size were not so small, we would also intershelve them
and move them from behind the desk. The browsing element would certainly
increase circulation. Does anyone have a browsing shelving arrangement?
Please share your solution.

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: Saturday, May 20, 2000 12:53 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
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