Re: [Videolib] Video Cataloging Practices

From: McKenzie, Rue <>
Date: Fri Aug 21 2009 - 12:41:50 PDT

I currently handle the original cataloging for our media collection. My
understanding is that call numbers should be unique for different
versions of a film, even if the titles are the same. If you have
multiple release dates of exactly the same production, you can
differentiate them with the year at the end of the call number. But, if
it is an actual remake, I expand the Cutter number so that the versions
shelve side by side but are classified uniquely. This is particularly
useful when you have open stacks for browsing like we have.


Just my take on the cataloging guidelines that certainly are interpreted
with a bit of variety at times.





Rue McKenzie
Coordinator of Media Collections
Collection Analysis & Technical Services
University of South Florida, Tampa Library

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how
much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know
and what you don't."--Anatole France






[] On Behalf Of Karen Glover
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 2:37 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Video Cataloging Practices


Hi list,
I have a small concern about the way our cataloging department is
cataloging films and I wanted to find out if I am out of line or I
should push for a change. When an item is a remake of a film, different
director, actors, etc., Cataloging is creating a different record but
using the same LOC call number as the original film as well as any other
editions of either. My argument is that the record and call number
should be completely different because they are two totally different
films. However, I am not a cataloger, nor do I know more than the very
basics of cataloging. Is this common among other libraries to have the
same call number for a remake and original film? She told me that
because it has the same title, it gets the same call number. That can't
be right, can it?
Thanks for the help,


Karen Glover
Circulation Services Librarian,
Assistant Department Head
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA



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