[Videolib] Shelving videos

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Thu, 31 Jul 2003 09:41:04 -0500

A couple of staff members are complaining about the videos in the children's
section. We shelve feature films, pbs titles, etc., alphabetically by
title. The original boxes are put in the sleeves of the clamshell cases we
use. At the top of the spine is the letter of the title's first word. So,
Disney's Beauty and the Beast would have a "D" at the top, while Aladdin
would have an "A." Most of the time, this works. However, we run into
problems when the spine title and the cover title don't match the title in
the computer, since of course the cataloging title is not taken from the
spine or cover. This pops up a lot with titles such as 'Barney" vs
"Barney's," and so forth. When these people look for videos - we hear lots
of heavy, exasperated sighing, and more. I would like to do something, but
it is possible that nothing can be done. Other than making new spine labels
with the absolutely correct title, does anyone have a solution to this?
After spending almost a year converting our video collection so that it
could be shelved on the open shelves, I really hate having to revisit that
scenario. Thanks for all your help on this.

On an aside, the security system we used for cds was the Alpha Security.
Our rep is coming today with other samples. Thanks for all your
suggestions, so far. More anon.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
www.aurora.lib.il.us
E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

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