jon aubrey wrote:
> 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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