RE: DVD cataloging

Rhonda Rosen (rrosen@popmail.lmu.edu)
Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:13:45 -0700 (PDT)

oh, shoot, jane - now you are making me sway in my resolution to use LC!!!
great words --

rhonda

At 12:37 PM 7/30/01 -0700, you wrote:
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> With 20+ years of video collection development and public service, I'm
>chiming in here. For the first few year at Duke we used call numbers,
>Dewey in our case. We were constantly shifting the collection since our
>limited space prohibited leaving space for additions. Also our collection
>development is driven by faculty request, so we were unable to accurately
>foresee where to leave space. As the budget grew and collecting
>increased, we changed to accession numbers so we could shelve in order of
>arrival. As at USC, all media is fully cataloged with LC subject headings,
>and videos are in closed stacks making browsing a non-issue. Between the
>subject headings and keyword searching in PAC, the library staff is able to
>locate titles needed when patrons cannot. Here accessions numbers have
>worked well.
> The only time I've wished that videos were classified is when I'd like
>to show physically the extent of the collection within a specific area.
>However, this (classification numbers) doesn't work for browsing, locating
>titles or showing off a collection due to the many interdisciplinary
>titles. "Killing Us Softly," which could be classified in at least five
>areas, is a perfect example and there are many others similar titles. I
>suspect there are very few documentaries that fit into only one subject
>area.
> In the end, one needs to analyze the factors -space, open/closed
>collection, staff available to service the collection, cataloging staff,
>other access points, collection analysis/ reports expected by your
>institution, etc.- before determining if classification or accession
>numbers will work best in your situation.
>Jane Agee
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>"LeeAnne Krause" <LLKRAUSE@gwm.sc.edu>@library.berkeley.edu on 07/30/2001
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>Please respond to videolib@library.berkeley.edu
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>Subject: RE: DVD cataloging
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>In our system, videos ARE cataloged by subject headings, so that one can
>do a search and find what one needs.  It's simply that there are accession
>call numbers instead of LC call numbers.  And since we have closed stacks,
>browsing isn't an issue. Another reason I'm glad for accession numbering,
>is that I hate to think of the difficulty with shelving, if I needed to
>try to leave empty spaces on shelves for expansion.  It would take up so
>much extra room!  And then what happens when our university hires a new
>faculty member that wanted to build up a particular area and we didn't
>leave enough room?  Then we'd have to move all the materials on the
>shelves!  <shudder>!!  :)
>LLK
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>LeeAnne L. Krause
>Manager of Educational Films
>USC Film Library
>803-777-2858
>www.sc.edu/library/film.html
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>Lee Anne,
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>Catalogers deal daily with the quandary you present  by making sure the
>thing (the bibliographic entity) has not just a classification that fits
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>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??
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>once a cataloger . . . :)   Susan
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>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
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>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.
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>LeeAnne L. Krause
>Manager of Educational Films
>USC Film Library
>803-777-2858
>www.sc.edu/library/film.html <http://www.sc.edu/library/film.html>
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>>>> rrosen@popmail.lmu.edu 07/27/01 03:56PM >>>
>hi everyone!
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>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...
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>Rhonda
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