RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

Linda Stevens (lstevens@hcpl.net)
Thu, 2 Jun 2005 15:41:43 -0500

"Works best in the sense of having to make multiple trips to the library in
order to facilitate viewing a whole season of Family Guy or similar fare
straight through? Given that there were 6 discs in our version of the season
2 package of Little House on the Prairie this policy seems as if it might be
somewhat inconvenient for some patrons."

Ouch.

Yes, we followed the same policy for VHS, but there was hardly the same
volume. Demand is so high for most of these series that the customer would
have to get them by placing a request. If they don't want to make
additional trips, they could wait for a couple of titles on their list to
come in before going to the library and they could actually have the time to
watch them before turning them in for the next request. Probably at least
half of our TV titles don't have the individual records, so the complaint we
get most often from the branches is that they want them cataloged
separately.

Not perfect for everyone, I know, but we try...

Linda Stevens, Media Specialist
Harris County Public Library
8080 El Rio
Houston, Texas 77054
lstevens@hcpl.net

-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Tribby
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:58 PM
To: 'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

"We find that it works best for our customers if the TV show sets are
packaged individually by disc."

Works best in the sense of having to make multiple trips to the library in
order to facilitate viewing a whole season of Family Guy or similar fare
straight through? Given that there were 6 discs in our version of the season
2 package of Little House on the Prairie this policy seems as if it might be
somewhat inconvenient for some patrons.

Do (or did) you follow the same policy for VHS?

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

mailto:mike.tribby@quality-books.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Stevens [mailto:lstevens@hcpl.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 1:07 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] TV shows on dvd

We find that it works best for our customers if the TV show sets are
packaged individually by disc. The holds queue moves much faster and it is
easier to watch in one week. So, if there is a record in OCLC for
individual discs, the video cataloger chops them up. If not, we keep it
packaged as a set.

Linda Stevens, Media Specialist
Harris County Public Library
8080 El Rio
Houston, Texas 77054
lstevens@hcpl.net

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