RE: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

Mike Tribby (
Tue, 31 May 2005 15:06:09 -0500

Perhaps I'm asking a question you're all already tired of hearing from your
own catalogers (assuming any of your august institutions still employ
fulltime catalogers, that is), but just exactly what kind of subject access
are you looking for concerning TV series on video? Something like "Women
physicians--West (U.S.)--Drama" for Dr. Quinn? I wouldn't think subject
access is really what you mean here, so I'd suggest using genre headings,
although those would still be pretty broad. Don't most patrons search TV
series by title? And if you classify your videos (hardly a safe
assumption...) wouldn't they all be together on the shelf to enhance

"Clowns--Death--Minnesota--Minneapolis--Drama" for Chuckles Bites the Dust?
and don't even get me started on warmedies like Little House....

Treacle--West (U.S.)--Drama (Actually we used: "Frontier and pioneer
life--Great Plains--Drama" and "Family--Great Plains--Drama" plus the genre
heading "Western television programs" on at least one bundle of Little House

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

-----Original Message-----
From: Bergman, Barbara J []
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:54 PM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

Since the subject headings don't quite do it for us, we use genre notes
quite a bit to clarify things. Here's what genre headings were used, in
addition to the actual subject headings, on one series:

Television programs.
Television comedies.

The "DVDs" note makes it easy for patrons to pull a list from the entire
video collection. We added it after the success of a genre note of "compact
discs" on the audiobooks to sort from the cassette tapes proved helpful.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Carol Dunn
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 11:08 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

The popularity of TV Series on DVD continues to rise. What subject headings
do you use, or what subject headings do you wish you were using? They are
very hard to find in our catalog. What can we do to improve subject headings
for all media? It's frustrating. Any comments or help appreciated.

Carol Dunn
AV Manager, NT Administration/Web
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway
Findlay, OH 45840

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