Re: Dewey class videos

CRABBEN@delphi.com
Wed, 15 Nov 1995 22:25:27 -0500 (EST)

Hello, Joel,
Our feature/entertainment videos are kept just in title order. But non-fiction,
, instructional, etc. are cataloged and classified fully in Dewey. Then, just
within the last year, we began interfiling these videos with books -- literally
among the books and on the same shelves. It seems to be working well overall.
It is not so great for browsers, but we do have a printed list of videos that
can be browsed.
Our intention is just to bring materials together on the same topic, and for
many of the topics (I would say MOST of them), this setup does just that.
Having videos on childbrith, exercise, travel, social issues, drama

nd many
other topics along with the books has been well received overall.
I have not yet gotten it together to look at before and after circulation
figures (for the change in shelving), though it is about time to do so. But
at a glance, we see those videos being checked out and being reshelved, so they
are definitely moving.
My philosophy is that the lines between media is getting blurrier and blurrier
(pardon my subject/verb disagreement) for us and our users both.
Let me know if you have any specific questions I can answer.

Nancy Crabbe, Collection Development Manager
Redwood City Public Library, CA
crabben@delphi.com