History Channel video title

Mike Tribby (mike.tribby@quality-books.com)
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 13:38:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hey Randy!

I just sent the message below to the OLAC list, then I saw the title in
question reviewed in the new VL and thought you might be interested, too. I
swear when this thing first came out A&E's promotional flurry referred to it
as Elizabeth R--a fact obviously lost on the money changers at New Video!

Bryce Canyon

>Several years ago I attended one of the A-V Cataloging workshops that Nancy
>Olsen gives in the summer. I asked her this
>very question. Her answer was to view the ones that require original
>cataloging, but do not automatically view the ones that already have
>cataloging copy available on OCLC.

A problem with this approach was illustrated for me today. I was cataloging
the History Channel/A&E/New Video release about Queen Elizabeth I in both
its DVD and VHS incarnations. I was able to view existing OCLC records for
these items (being a filthy vendor, we can only view utility bib. records)
and in both cases the title in the 245 $a was Elizabeth (there were no
246s). Upon viewing the actual programs I noticed more letters in the
calligraphic curlie-cues accompanying the title, so I called our contact at
New Video and she checked with their marketing director. It turns out that
the title screen presentation is a reproduction of Queen Elizabeth's
signature, which reads: "Elizabeth R." No "R" appears on the disc surfaces,
the VHS labels or any of the packaging. A patron who saw the original
presentation on television might be interested in finding the title
Elizabeth R, but without at least viewing the title sequence, you'd never
know that was this video's title. It seems to me that one really should at
least view title screens and not trust any source implicitly. Not even
OCLC.

Mike Tribby