Re: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

From: Bergman, Barbara J <>
Date: Tue Apr 07 2009 - 14:26:01 PDT

There are no simple questions and answers on this listserv. :)

We have our DVDs in open stacks, locked cases.
Filed by modified LC classification (feature films classed according to the literature schedule used for books, so they aren't all PN1997).

Having dealt with both, I can attest that:
Call numbers are excellent for subject browsing. Patrons like this.
Accession numbers are faster for shelving and retrieval, and don't require growth space within the collection.

If your library is attached to filing the case and disc separately, at least get the dics into one location-not combo of shelves and drawers. Then figure out what works to make the retrieval process easier -accession numbers could be assigned, or discs could just be filed alphabetically.

Barb Bergman | Media Services Librarian | Minnesota State University, Mankato | (507) 389-5945 |

From: [] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Barksdale
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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