Re: [Videolib] Interfiling

Pat Shufeldt (
Wed, 03 Nov 2004 19:14:37 -0500

As I recall, the Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA,
interfiled all nonfiction materials--including both juvenile & adult, and
all media types--about 10 years ago. At the time this was done, they were
implementing a major automation project and building expansion, and a
decision was made to interfile all materials nonfiction that time.

I've not inquired since, but I wondered how long that interfiling lasted,
what parts of it worked effectively, and what gave the most problems. You
may want to talk with someone at that library to find out more about their
experiences. The library's website is

Pat Shufeldt
Greenville, SC

Chuck Collins wrote:

> I know this has brought up many times in the past, so please forgive the
> repetition.
> My director has come to believe that inter-filing our Non-Fiction
> videotapes with our Non-Fiction books would be a really great idea.
> (This would not include our Non-Fiction DVDs, for some reason.) We are
> a medium sized public library who tried this once before about 8 or 9
> years ago (under the same director) and found it be disastrous for our
> video circulation. That experiment seems to have been conveniently
> forgotten. Even with the decline of VHS, our non-fiction tapes
> circulate 15-30 times a year (on a one week loan), so I don't see how
> this will help make these items more popular.
> Has anyone had any experience with this, or know of any articles or
> studies that have been done? I'll take anything, pro or con.
> Thanks.
> Chuck Collins
> Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
> 2345 Lee Road
> Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
> (216) 932-3600
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