Re: History Channel video title

Randy Pitman (vidlib@videolibrarian.com)
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 14:06:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Mike,

I seem to remember the "Elizabeth R" at one point in the advertising myself
(although this could be senility). Either way, this reminds me of an
important question I was going to ask you: would you like to review "The
Audiovisual Cataloging Current" edited by Sandra K. Roe from Haworth Press?
Would need review by Oct. 1. Let me know?

Best,

Randy

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Tribby" <mike.tribby@quality-books.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 1:34 PM
Subject: History Channel video title

> 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
>