Hopkins is undertaking a library-wide analysis/ assessment of its
collections over the next 4 years or so--analyzing subject-area
strengths, weaknesses, significant collections (electronic, microfilm,
archival, etc.). Largely, we are using LC call nos. as parameters,
cutting our collection into manageable chunks. The rub is that the
library film collections do not fall neatly into these parameters. We
use an accession system for identification and arrangement, and, as I'm
sure you all well know, we have had varying degrees of quality and
consistency in our cataloging of AV materials over the many years that
we've been collecting them.
Have any of you out there in the ether performed similar collection
analysis projects? Do you have strategies/ suggestions that you could
recommend? I not only intend to survey the general film collection but I
hope to identify weakness within the film collection as well. I believe
the best method of analysis will use subject and genre headings but,
with the varying degree of quality and consistency in catalogue records
and a need for both quantitative and qualitative data, I'm concerned
with the accuracy of the results I'd get.
Thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Leigh Anne Palmer
Librarian for English Literature,
Film and Media Studies, &
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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