I interfile VHS and DVDs plus audio tapes with books and serials in my own
personal library, but then I'm not subject there or at work to the revolting
patrons Holly mentioned. This is a convenience of working for a vendor, but
not really helpful when devising library strategy. All I can add from a
circulating collection point of view is that in the past I've been a little
dismissive of collections that divide stuff by genre--I mean how can Mary
Higgins Clark be Mystery while Carol Higgins Clark is Fiction (or vice
versa), and what the heck is James Ellroy, anyway? Mystery? True crime?
Fictionalized true crime? Ultra violence? But I digress.
My local public library recently integrated all of the books on tape/CD so
that all fiction is together. This unexpectedly made my browsing much more
troublesome. I absolutely don't want Danielle Steel swill, nor do I care
for Westerns, sci fi, or fantasy. I'm interested in new authors, but only
for mystery. I can still find Elmore Leonard, Rex Stout and other
favorites, and I know enough to go looking for Ellroy and Tom Wolfe, but now
for the life of me I can't remember the three-named southern mystery writer
who has a main character named Dave Robichaux (or something like that) and I
can no longer scan three familiar sets of shelves to rediscover him.
As a cataloger, and in my personal non-fic heavy library, I say interfile.
In fic and for a circulating collection, I think people do tend to search by
media and genre. But fortunately I don't have to put my theories on the
line at work.
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