Re: History Channel video title

Lucoff, Margot (
Wed, 11 Sep 2002 07:41:57 -0700 (PDT)

Expires After: 10/16/2002 00:00

Enough of lurking on this list! This is one topic that I want to speak
With all respects to Ms. Olsen, I have found that it is important to view
videos that I catalog. All too often I find that the OCLC record does match
the item in hand. Often the item is cataloged from the container, which
not have much information; or rather, may not have the kind of information
that a cataloger needs. I look at the videos to verify titles and statement
responsibility. When I catalog a monograph, I look at the title page. It
that when I catalog a video, I look at the credits.
Thanks for letting me blow off steam.
Margot Lucoff
Berkeley Public Library

>>> Mike Tribby 09/10/02 01:34PM >>>
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

Mike Tribby