Re: [Videolib] Film Collection Assessment Query

Jerry Notaro (notaro@stpt.usf.edu)
Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:01:43 -0400

Leigh Anne,

This is such an important task, and one that doesn't have much in the
literature for guidance. I did a specific assessment of our media and IMC
collection for SACS and can forward that information to you. I saved the
messages from others on the list and can also forward those to you.

Jerry

> Good morning all. I'm seeking the collective wisdom of the listserv.
>
> 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!
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Leigh Anne
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> Leigh Anne Palmer
> Librarian for English Literature,
> Film and Media Studies, &
> Writing Seminars
> Milton S. Eisenhower Library
> The Johns Hopkins University
> 3400 N. Charles St.
> Baltimore, MD 21218
> 410.516.8540 (phone)
> 410.516.8399 (fax)
> lapalmer@jhu.edu
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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.