LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager, Educational Films
USC Film Library
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A few years ago the library at the University of Pennsylvania inherited
a collection of videos from the campus's A/V and
classroom support operation. Now we're trying to catch up on a number
of issues, and I was wondering if I could tap
into this list's experience and expertise. If there's a searchable
archive for this list, please let me know. If not,
I'm much obliged for any information you can provide on the following:
1) Is there such a thing as a core collection for academic libraries
(that support an undergrad degree in Film Studies)? If
so, any estimate on the average number of titles?
2) Does your institution have one central video collection, or are
there multiple collections at multiple libraries?
>>We have one main central one; although a few colleges have their own
3) Do you circulate the collection? If so, is there a separate video
circ service desk?
>>We circulate to faculty and staff, and allow students to view
materials in house.
4) What are your loan periods for videos? Are they "bookable" through
your OPAC for instructors who want to use them in class
on a specific day? How do you deal with that?
>>3 business days for faculty, 1 day for staff. We book them
5) Is your video collection open stacks? If so, how do you deal with
>>closed stacks. It adds to the work in the short run, but saves us
having to deal with theft or reshelving issues.
6) If your collection is closed to the public, is it browsable? If so,
what's your method for making it browsable?
>>not browsable in person, but folks can browse through the online
7) Does your institution do its own original and copy-cataloging and
processing? If not, who is your vendor?
>>we go through OCLC.
8) What classification/filing system do you use? LC? Accession?
9) Who is your supplier for CD/DVD cases?
>>we use the original.
10) What's the scope of your repair efforts for tapes and CD/DVDs?
What equipment do you use?
>>tapes aren't really that repairable, unless it's the case that's
broken. DVDs usually only need buffing occasionally.
Thanks in advance for any/all info,
Cathy Von Elm
Head of Circulation, Current Periodicals and Microtext
Van Pelt Library
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