Re: interfiling videos with books

Barb Read (
Tue, 30 May 2000 14:31:02 -0700 (PDT)

At Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library the non-fiction videos have been
interfiled in the Youth Services Dept only for several years very
successfully. Adult videos and entertainment children's are still in a
video only section.
Barb Read
formerly of TSCPL
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Scholtz <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: interfiling videos with books

> Hi Tami, I too have found this topic to be quite interesting. I worked
> a community college as a library administrator in the early 80's -- during
> the mid-70's thru the mid-80's, the vision of interfiling all media
> with their respective subjects was the buzzword in Community Colleges. In
> IL, I believe that Triton and the College of DuPage were the first to try
> this grand experiment with us soon following. Well, it was a tremendous
> failure - from the instructor's and the student's point-of-view as well as
> library staff members. 16 mm films were rolling off the shelves
> everywhere, LP records were getting lost, sandwiched between large books,
> microforms were continually getting lost, and Sony -u-matic videos in
> horrible generic lockable cases were just plain weird!, etc. We had a
> catalog then - no automated system and the big problem for our school was
> in bookable vs. on-the fly checked out materials as well as the shelving
> difficulties. Originally, while all parties surveyed said that they
> retrieved materials primarily by subject and indicated searches were
> content driven, they were not. In fact most searches are format driven -
> student needs 5 books, 6 magazine articles, etc. for their paper - no
> mention of video. Now, the instructors even include web-site references,
> but usually don't require or stress videos as viable means of information.
> With the advent of the computerized catalog where a subject search brings
> up information by subject, author, title, term, etc. and then can be
> whittled down by format if necessary, I feel that interfiling isn't really
> necessary. In my public library, we do many cross-media displays - book,
> video, audiocassette, CD-ROM, etc. plus cross-media flyers, lists but we
> ultimately shelf all forms by themselves - even fiction/nonfiction so
> patrons have the best of both worlds. Just an observation - not the last
> word. I'm always interested and open to what other people's experiences
> have been... Jim Scholtz.
> At 01:23 PM 5/30/00 -0700, you wrote:
> >I have found this topic to be quite interesting! I also believe that it
> is a decision that is very locally determined: each library's patrons
> have their own "general" routines for searching for their material. I
> would like to know from the libraries that do interfile the nonfiction
> videos with books, if they have had more thefts of videos. I think
> interfiling is a great idea, because afterall, we classify by subject
> because people generally look for materials by subject, however, in my
> situation at Manhattanville, I do not see this as a possibility. We are
> open for 24 hours at the end of each semester, with one security guard for
> a 3 floor library. I think our videos would disappear one by one. Also,
> how are these same libraries handeling DVD storage (if at all yet.)?
> thanks to contributers to the discussion!
> >
> >--
> >Tami-Jo Eckley
> >Electronic Services & Media Librarian
> >Manhattanville College Library
> >Purchase, New York 10577
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