We interfile here at Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan, and it's great for
us -- IWU is a small, private, liberal arts college and thus Ames reflects
that. Ames opened three years ago and that's when the interfiling began.
It is a big service change, and it was made a little easier in our case
because literally everything else was moving and changing anyway (i.e.
"what's one more change?").
Any questions regarding films are answered by reference librarians, who
purchase all the films out of their collection development funds -- so
questions re films can be easily referred if necessary. Our catalog also
has a limiter to "Videos/DVDs/LaserDisc" so users can easily look for media
on a specific topic or by a specific director.
We still have a Music & Media Center which is in the process of re-visioning
and re-positioning itself within the library -- but part of our work is
still the upkeep of the videos and dvds, i.e. cleaning, buffing, etc. We
also take care of all the media equipment in the building and on campus.
So far, theft has not been an issue (knock on wood), everything is
security-tagged, and circulation checks that the tape/dvd matches the case
when media is checked out and returned.
I really like having the two/three formats all together -- that way, when
students/faculty are looking for information on a specific artist or author,
the media is right there with the books and journals. The only two formats
not in the stacks are music CDs and LPs (spoken word records are in the
stacks, i.e. poetry readings by poets).
My virtual 2 cents!
Public Services Librarian
Thorpe Music & Media Center
The Ames Library
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702
rosie sdk (IM)