I see three problems with interfiling videos with books, apart from
those mentioned below:
1. Theft. If you're not already putting your stuff in magnetic
security cases, you'll have to start doing that, and that would be a
big, ongoing financial cost. Putting DVDs especially in the stacks
without the security cases is madness. It's not enough to put magnetic
tags on the regular cases, because people could take the discs out and
slip them in their bag.
2. Loss of specialized service/reference. If you interfile the films
with the books, then you wouldn't need a film service point, would you?
And we all know that film is very different from books. Without a film
service point with specialized film staff, whom would the patrons ask to
find out if you have an unbiased documentary on abortion (or do I really
have to watch them all)? Or, do you have that film where Ingrid Bergman
was a spy infiltrating a ring of Nazis? Who's gonna rewind the tapes
and buff the DVDs? And if you do plan to keep film staff, then the
staff now has to have to walk all over the building to check on stuff
that's supposed to be checked in, but someone couldn't find it on the
shelf (and the jewel case probably just got shoved behind the books).
3. Finally, it's just annoying for the patron to have to sift through
the books to find the video. When you want a book, you want a book.
When you want a film, you want a film. Actually, I think it increases
the stops to interfile. What if you want all the films we have by
Marlon Riggs? You have to go to one floor for "Black Is Black Ain't"
and another floor for "Tongues Untied." Just go to the film collection
and it's one stop.
Of course it may work well for some libraries to interfile, but there
are more downsides than just not being able to read the title on the
spine and having to recatalog the films. I think they should all be
considered before making such a big service change. It seems to me that
the bigger the library, the less wise it is to interfile.
LeeAnne L. Krause, Manager
Educational Films Collection
University of South Carolina
>>> BGriest@ci.glendale.ca.us 10/16/2004 12:20:24 PM >>>
I am eagerly awaiting news on this front from our newly installed
as well. I proposed interfiling so as to collocate all items on the
subject (obviously enough); Cerritos (CA) PL does it, and I did it at
Hawthorne (CA) PL, but I moved on before I could garner any feedback
the patrons. Aside from causing our catalogers extra work (since none
videos had been "Deweyed" previously) here at Glendale (CA), the only
objections I've foreseen--or have had raised to me--so far have been
possibility that some patrons enjoy browsing through even the non-fic
titles, and that some videos, and especially DVDs, are not easily
spine-on. I think the potential gains in awareness for the existence
quality video presentations on a subject outweigh those possible
but I admit to being rather biased in favor of interfiling. I believe
pages also benefit from having fewer "stops along their route", and
would force some recalcitrant librarians to do more weeding!
<mailto:email@example.com> ]On Behalf Of Marti
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 1:36 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Interfiling Videos and DVDs with book collection
What are your experiences with interfiling the videos and DVDs with the
collection by Dewey number? Pros? Cons?
Our director has proposed doing this for all "non-fiction" videos &
Feature films will be kept together as a group.
I look forward to your comments.
Berkeley Public Library
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