Re: video collection classification systems

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 14:22:39 -0500 (EST)

Hi Rhonda: Indiana University has been classifying its video and audio
collections using LC 1983. I don't think there is any rationale for using
an accession number system from a user perspective. I understand that it
allows the library to shelve more compactly. It would allow us to shelve
our books more compactly too, but we still classify them. I have used the
classifications for numerous collection studies and I wouldn't give up
classification without a fight. The ACRL "Guidelines for Media Resources
Collections" (soon to be published in the May issue of _C&RL News_ and at
the following URL:
strongly recommend that the classification system used for the print
collections be used for the media resources collections.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Tue, 21 Apr 1998, Rhonda Rosen wrote:

> hi all,
> our video collection is classified and arranged by LC call numbers. Our
> cataloging
> dept. has been overwhelmed lately with the volume of videos purchased, and is
> hoping to outsource the cataloging of videos. They have found that the LC
> system
> is more expensive, and have made an assumption that nobody arranges media
> collections in LC - only by accession numbers. I do not want to go to this
> type
> of system -- can you guys let me know if there really are collections out
> there that
> do indeed use LC?
> thanks,
> rhonda
> Rhonda Rosen
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