RE: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

Carol Dunn (
Wed, 1 Jun 2005 12:37:29 -0400

If you go to our online catalog and type in Television Programs
under subject, 111 DVDs come up, and we have quite a few on order.
Call it subject/genre, the patron just wants to find the
item in a subject field. Here is a case in point, try finding
Unlocking Da Vinci's code (DVD)
unless you know the title or have a cataloger like I do
who is savvy enough to make a subject called "Da Vinci Code"
that DVD cannot be found on the system, because it will not
come up under Title Keyword "Da Vinci Code". No one is going
to look for the subject heading Leonardo Da Vinci.
Subjects are so important, and the more the merrier!

-----Original Message-----
From: Tatar, Becky []
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5:06 PM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

Mike, these are just the kinds of subject headings we like. We do get
patrons who ask for American life on the frontier in a movie for kids.
Not all the staff may know whether or not we have the Little House
titles. With not everyone getting cable, many people don't know about
the series. I know it's hard on the catalogers, but the more subject
headings, the better

Becky Tatar
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mike Tribby
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 3:06 PM
To: ''
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV Series on DVD

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


-----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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