Re: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

Date: Tue Apr 07 2009 - 11:36:33 PDT

Our collection of media is all out on the shelves, by LC classification. We don't have the room (nor am I inclined to find any) for duplicate storage. We do separate the "permanant reserve" items on shelving in reference. These are those titles that are either very expensive or very popular and are limited to checkout by faculty and staff only. Anyone can view them IN the library, though.
Christine Godin, M.A.
Dean of Learning Resources
Adjunct Instructor, Theatre
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX
210.486.4572 <>


From: on behalf of Elizabeth Barksdale
Sent: Tue 4/7/2009 1:32 PM
Subject: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

Hi all. This is a pretty simple question for this list (not a copyright conundrum) : ) , but it's a small practical problem that I'd like to get a good solution for...


We have a fairly small but growing AV collection, and have our DVD cases in LC out on the shelves for browsing and the actual DVDs in LC back behind our circulation desk, some in plastic cases on shelves, some in drawers of a filing cabinet. We also label the actual DVDs with LC and it takes forever to find some of them when you're going through umpteen PN 1997's or whatever.


Is the standard thing to do labeling DVD cases with LC or Dewey for browsing but have a numeric system 1-1000 or whatever for retrieving the actual items? We were doing this for awhile, but then went back to just LC numbers for some reason-I think the circ folks thought it would be more straightforward for us but now I'm not sure I agree. Do you have any reasons for assigning just call numbers, just standard numbers or both to your DVD collections?





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