Re: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

From: Kim Crowley <>
Date: Tue Apr 07 2009 - 14:27:07 PDT

Hi Liz,

We also keep our DVDs and music CDs behind the desk in sleeves, cases out for display. For display, DVD Fiction are in alpha order, nonfiction in dewey order. Music is by artist in genre categories (classical, folk, pop, soundtrack, etc.). Behind the desk we use accession numbers for the sleeves. The number is written on the property stamp donut on the dvd itself, on the sleeve (of course), and on a small label on the front of the case. We have customers bringing tens of DVDs and music CDs to the checkout desk at once and it is very time consuming. That said, the numbering system works very well--we have drawers numbered also. We have about 4,500 total discs and about 3,200 of those are here at the Main Library.

We'd love a better solution like security strips or security cases but we're in a 1907 post office with three entrances and exits and can't afford new security gates right now.

Kim Crowley, Director
Flathead County Library System phone: 406.758.5826
247 First Avenue East fax: 406.758.5868
Kalispell, MT. 59901-4598

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From: [] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Barksdale []
Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 12:32 PM
Subject: [Videolib] accessing DVDs for patrons

Hi all. This is a pretty simple question for this list (not a copyright conundrum) : ) , but itís a small practical problem that Iíd like to get a good solution forÖ

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 youíre going through umpteen PN 1997ís 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 reasonóI think the circ folks thought it would be more straightforward for us but now Iím 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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