RE: Shelving nonfeature videos and packaging video-dummies

Fri, 22 Feb 2002 08:36:03 -0800 (PST)

In our academic setting, the librarians decided to interfile our
videos with the main collection. It had previously been a closed
We found that the videos were not landing near their subject area
because of poor cataloguing, and videos which instructors wanted at the
last minute were no longer close to the Media sign out desk. Sometimes the
videos were hung up in the regular book reshelving process rather than the
quicker replacement they were getting from Media staff.
Ultimately, we compromised and made a video collection which stands
near the Media desk, as the periodicals and reference collection stand near
the Information desk and the reserved collection is behind the Reserves
desk, etc.

We do have videos in the Main Collection, but these are the ones
without PPR that we can't use on campus.

Would you consider placing video dummies in the main collection
referring to the video colelction? If so, are you able to capture graphics
from the web for a feature film or colour photocopy the original case of a

Stephen Davies
Mount Royal College, Calgary