RE: [Videolib]

Gary Handman (
Wed, 09 Nov 2005 08:01:43 -0800

Yeah, but....

Stability is a difficult thing to peg down in the case of freebies
(freelectrics?). When I started MRC's web site in the mid 90s I
included huge numbers of links from individual videographic entries
to relevant web sites... Over the years, the time involved in
maintaining and cleaning up these links has been so back-breaking,
that I've radically scaled back (if PBS is out there
listening: shame on you! You're prime offenders of promoting web link rot!)

Secondly: cataloging a metasite like folkstreams is, in my
estimation, fairly useless, unless you give the site mega-cataloging
(copious 500 fields, etc.). If it's worth cataloging at all, it
seems to me that item-level cataloging is the way to go (in other
words, cataloging the individual video titles mounted on the site)


At 05:23 PM 11/8/2005, Bergman, Barbara J wrote:

>If content is valuable and fairly stable, we catalog it as an electronic
>Barb Bergman
>Media Services Librarian
>Minnesota State University-Mankato
>(507) 389-5945
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Andrews,
>Sarah E
>Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 4:56 PM
>Subject: [Videolib]
>I stumbled upon today. "The mission of
> is to build a national preserve of documentary films
>about American folk or roots culture. Produced by independent
>filmmakers, these hard-to-find films give voice to the arts and
>experience of diverse American groups. They are streamed on the website
>together with background materials that highlight the history and
>aesthetic importance of the traditions and the films."
>I am just curious, what are other libraries doing about sites like this?
>Do you catalog it at all? How do you let people know about sites like
>Sarah Andrews
>Monographic Orders, Claims, and Acquisitions Public Services Supervisor
>Acquisitions Department
>University of Iowa Libraries
>Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
>phone 319/335-5877
>fax 1-319/335-5691
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan

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