Re: [Videolib] Video Cataloging Practices

From: Mike Tribby <>
Date: Mon Aug 24 2009 - 05:50:21 PDT

We cata log a steady stream of video materials and Rue's posting below captures our policy. Each feature film should have a different call number with Cutters creating the shelflisting that allows remakes to shelve next to previously released versions of the same title.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses


From: [] On Behalf Of McKenzie, Rue
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Video Cataloging Practices

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

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From: [] 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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