Interfiling Video - discussion

deg farrelly (
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 17:47:33 -0700 (MST)

I am intrigued by the idea of interfiling media and have been since
first reading about it in library school in the mid-70's.

One of the arguments that seems to be made often, and which I can't
understand, is that interfiling "saves space".

Materials take up the same amount of space wherever they are shelved.
How does interfiling take up less space? I think it can be argued that
shelving media separately actually uses less space because videos
packaging is more standardized than book sizes, thus the distance
between shelves can be smaller resulting in one more shelf per section.
If shelved on edge, sections can accommodate even more videos.

I also raise the question of how many libraries considering (or have
(or have chosen to do so) interfiling *videos* also interfile their *print*
collections. Are periodicals housed in another area? Are microfilm and
microfiche interfiled with periodicals? How is fiction shelved; are there
separate areas for Mysteries, Romance, General Fiction. What about the
Reference Collection. Government Documents? The vertical file?

For the purpose of discussion why interfile video but not these other


deg farrelly, Media Librarian
Arizona State University West E-Mail:
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