[Videolib] "segregated" collections

deg farrelly (deg.farrelly@asu.edu)
Tue, 04 Oct 2005 12:55:26 -0700

This topic is one of my particularly favorite bugaboos....

I agree that there is value in interfiling media with print. But as I have
pointed out in other forums many times before, libraries do not interfile
their * print * collections.

In libraries, print materials are separated by a wide variety of filters:

Children's materials
Fiction
Non-Fiction
Oversize
Government documents
Atlases
Reference Collection
Ready Reference
Reserve materials
Magazines/Journals
Newspapers
Indexes
Dictionaries

I'm sure there are more...

This approach speaks in part to the idea that some patrons enter a library
looking for specific types of information in specific formats. (The person
wanting to read today's newspaper should not have to go into the stacks to
find it there).

It also speaks to the need to manage materials in space efficient, workable
shelving and storage. Imagine if EVERY shelf had to be large enough to
accommodate oversize books.

Additionally, the notion that all information on a topic can be located in a
single location (or even call number) for the topic is a fallacy.
Scientific information moves from theory to practice to historical. So
approaches to organization may fall within a wide arrangement.

Furthermore... While shelving your books and videos on chimps may work... It
does nothing to provide access to your encyclopedia entries or journal
articles on the same topic.

Keys to finding information that the patron wants include GOOD cataloging,
appropriate use of subject headings and call numbers (I once found a copy of
"The Gospel According to Peanuts" cataloged in the section for Comics
instead of in Theology where is probably more appropriately belonged), and
MOST IMPORTANTLY, a library staff that is familiar with the collection, and
the techniques and skills necessary to work with patrons and to locate the
best materials for the patron's need.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

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

> From: Gary Daniels <Gary@interruptProductions.com> > Reply-To: "videolib@library.berkeley.edu" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 15:19:38 -0400 > To: "videolib@library.berkeley.edu" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Subject: Re: [Videolib] Popular Collection > > I'm not a librarian but I've never understood why videos are segregated > from the rest of the collection. If I'm browsing through a selection of > books about Jane Goodall and other books about chimpanzee research, I > would most likely also be interested in viewing your National > Geographic video dealing with the same subject. If the video is on the > shelf with books of a similar topic, I'd more likely a) know it exists > and b) check it out. I doubt I would wander down to the AV department > just to see if their were any videos about chimps. > > As a video & multimedia producer, I'd much prefer to see my documentary > & cd-rom on Native Americans shelved beside books on the same topic. > The goal of most documentarians is to get people interested in a > subject so that hopefully they will want to explore it more on their > own. I think shelving books, videos, & CDROMs together would create a > great synergy and you might even see circulation for all increase. > > -Gary Daniels > http://school.lostworlds.org?gad=CPjfzOoBEgieuiFYPHFugxjIgoT_AyCy_rUL > Native American History Videos & Multimedia

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