Re: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

From: Tatar, Becky <>
Date: Tue Apr 07 2009 - 12:39:56 PDT

We have this - empty cases on the shelves, either fiction in title
order, or nonfiction in Dewey, but also with an accession number - which
matches the accession number on the discs and their pockets in the file
cabinets at the circ desk. And, the accession number is not the barcode,
which is also on the cases, discs and pockets. We are so number crazy
here. :)

Becky Tatar


Aurora Public Library

1 E. Benton Street

Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: 630-264-4100

FAX: 630-896-3209


        -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Elizabeth
        Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 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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