Re: low circ of nonfiction videos in public libraries?

Gregory Callahan (
Thu, 21 Feb 2002 11:12:47 -0800 (PST)

Some libraries assign call numbers to NF videos and interfile them with the books.  This doesn't guarantee circulation, but it least they should catch the  eye of people looking for general info on a topic. 


>From: "Mike Boedicker"
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: low circ of nonfiction videos in public libraries?
>Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 10:39:15 -0800 (PST)
>The recent question about weeding "The Constitution: that delicate balance"
>partly because of low use left me wondering in general about low circulation
>of nonfiction videos in public libraries. Our MacArthur video collection,
>wonderful though it is, circs. very little despite lots of in-house
>promotion. We've seen a general reduction in NF circs in the last year or
>so, but a significant increase in feature film circ. A sales rep for Unique
>Books told me he's seen this trend in most other public libs. in the
>Midwest. Have other Videolib public librarians experienced this? Our video
>collection is half features and half NF, an eclectic collection in both
>categories, but sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get patrons to take out
>NF, even with displays and good selections like Maysles Bros. docs, Ken
>Burns' Jazz, 42 Up, etc. in addition to lots of instructional and travel
>titles. Any comments would be appreciated!
>Mike Boedicker
>Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
>Danville Public Library
>319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
>(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
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