RE: Interfiling Woes

Pamela S. Reeves (
Fri, 22 Feb 2002 14:37:23 -0800 (PST)

I agree, we are going through a cataloging process changing our
collection from Dewey to LC and the way it is being done, makes no rhyme
or reason to me. ie. Eyes on the Prize Series I is classified as a
series, with the same call number and volumes 1 through 6, Eyes on the
Prize II is cataloged as separate tapes, with separate call-nos., so
they are scattered throughout. Makes sense to me they should be
cataloged the same way, so they are next to each other on the shelf.
But what do I know, I'm not a Cataloger. They are only through about 1/3
of our collection, and everyday I dread what comes next.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tatar, Becky []
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 3:18 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: RE: Interfiling Woes

This has puzzled me for ages. How are some items given the cataloging
classification they have. The only thing we can come up with is that
catalogers at LC live in underground caves, take heavy drugs, and never
talk to a librarian who works in the real world. ;)(please don't write
and flame me ;))

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209

-----Original Message-----
From: jon aubrey []
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 3:49 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Interfiling Woes

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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