RE: DVD cataloging

Susan Shaw (
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 09:23:55 -0700 (PDT)

Lee Anne,

Catalogers deal daily with the quandary you present by making sure the
thing (the bibliographic entity) has not just a classification that fits at
least one aspect of the content, but also subject headings. Ah, subject
headings! Most PACs I've come across pick up subject headings on keyword
searches. If *Killing Us Softly* had no subject headings and only an
accession number, how would users lock onto its content??

once a cataloger . . . :) Susan

Hi Rhonda-
I agree there's no reason for using accession numbers for DVDs, if you're
using LC for videos. However, in the spirit of healthy debate, I'd like to
say that I find using accession numbers for all of our videos and DVDs works
quite well, as long as the media does not need to be integrated with the
book collections. The main reason I say this, is that documentaries
especially often cross borders between disciplines. For example, is
"Killing us Softly III" more Women's Studies or Journalism? Where does
"Looking for Langston" go: African American Studies or Literature? Would
the 1994 version of "Romeo and Juliet" be put under Shakespeare or not,
since it is a loose adaptation? There are pros and cons to accession
numbering of course, but I shudder to think of the difficulties we'd have
moving to LC. Just my $0.02.

LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager of Educational Films
USC Film Library
803-777-2858 <>

>>> 07/27/01 03:56PM >>>
hi everyone!

we catalog our video collection using LC. i think we used LC for the
videos as they were consistent with the rest of the library's collection,
and they would be grouped in subjects, where for educational materials that
makes sense.
We are currently beginning to build our DVD collection, and so far we have
been using an accession numbering system, athough to be honest, i'm not
sure why....
how are you all cataloging your media collections? is anyone using LC or
accession numbers? i'm curious...


Rhonda Rosen
Media & Reserve Services Dept.
Loyola Marymount University phone: (310)338-4584
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Los Angeles, CA 90045-8206

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