Re: [Videolib] Interfiling in public academic library

deg farrelly (
Fri, 01 Apr 2005 22:57:58 -0700

INDEED!!!! Why * should * media be treated any differently that any other

Just look at how well print materials are interfiled in libraries:

1) Completely separate rooms/wings for children's materials
2) Fiction and non-fiction filed separately
3) Oversize/folio books in their own shelving area
4) Reference books shelved in a separate area
5) Journals/magazines shelved in a separate area
6) Government documents shelved separately

There are probably many other similar collections so treated. There are
reasons why each and every one of these materials are shelved in their own

Special use, special interest, different classification/organization
systems, ease of access all affect how items are grouped together.

There is also an economy of space in shelving together items that have the
same general dimensions as videos, DVD, cassettes, LPs do.

IMHO, the key to finding materials with related content, regardless of media
and/or format, is the catalog.

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University at the West Campus
PO Box 37100 
Phoenix, Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522

> From: "VENTURA, GERIE" <> > Reply-To: "" <> > Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 15:39:45 -0800 > To: "" <> > Subject: [Videolib] Interfiling in public academic library > > Hello, > > I have saved email from 3 years ago, discussing Open Shelving of Media > Items, but I'd love to get some new info/anecdotes from anyone out there > who has done it. > > The topic is up again and now I think they're really going to move on it > in the next year or two. Suggestions, anyone? > > We have a slew of feature film DVD's and the going conversation lately > is, "why should media items be treated any differently than any other > medium?". > > They're talking about Interfiling (media in with the books). We > presently have the Media collection in closed stacks, with a separate > Circulation desk. > > I look forward to hearing from you, if you have time. > > Thank you ahead of time, > > Gerie Ventura > > Highline Community College > Library, Media Services

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