Interfiling Woes

jon aubrey (porkstore@yahoo.com)
Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:49:10 -0800 (PST)

Hello vidlibbers. Please bear with me as I am but a
lowly graduate library school student, though perhaps
a future A/V librarian. I have some questions about
inter/misfiling of videos in the public library in
which I work. The A/V librarian here has consistently
referred me to how OCLC has cataloged certain items
when I've asked her why some fiction ends up shelved
with the non-fiction, and vice versa. For
instance...Does anyone out there have any idea why
certain titles (Ross McElway's Time Indefinite and
Sherman's March, Errol Morris' Mr. Death and Fast,
Cheap, Out Of Control)), all definitely documentaries,
should end up being cataloged and shelved with the
movies as feature fiction films? Though these films
were perhaps originally released and distributed as if
they were features, they are really just popular
documentaries marketed as if they were features. On
the other side of the equation, how did Thirty Two
Short Films About Glenn Gould, a fictionalized feature
film, ever end up being cataloged as V 780.92/Gould?
Glenn Gould didn't direct or write the script for this
film. Anyone have any ideas as to how these apparent
cataloging errors might have occurred?
On another note, it seems to me that while many
instructional videos should obviously be cataloged in
the appropriate non-fiction section, some documentary
titles might circulate far more if they were shelved
(not necessarily interfiled) with the fiction movies.
This might work particularly well with documantaries
that have been released theatrically (The Life And
Times Of Hank Greenberg), are/were up for Oscars
(Genghis Blues), or are more well known (The Sorrow
And The Pity, Woodstock). Has anyone out there
experimented with rotating a small number of more
popular documentary titles in a separate area within
or near their fiction movie section?
Thanks for indulging a puzzled student's curiosity,
and thanks for the tips earlier this week on where to
find Harry In Your Pocket.

Jon A.
Queens, NY

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