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Relocating and Reclassifying Our Feature Film Video Collection: From Closed Stacks to Blockbuster Video Annie Wu Susannah Benedetti University of North.

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1 Relocating and Reclassifying Our Feature Film Video Collection: From Closed Stacks to Blockbuster Video Annie Wu Susannah Benedetti University of North Carolina-Wilmington OLAC Biennial Conference September 28, 2002

2 Contact Information Annie Wu Cataloging Supervisor Randall Library UNC-Wilmington 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC / / Susannah Benedetti Special Formats Cataloger Randall Library UNC-Wilmington 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC / /

3 Abstract In 2001 William Madison Randall Library established a recreational feature film video collection, corresponding to the launch of the universitys Film Studies program. The library's feature film videos were moved from closed stacks to open shelves and reclassified into browsable genre categories in a short time period. See how we used genre headings to escape the PN1997 dead-end!

4 Our Old Home

5 Behind This Desk

6 Our New Home, Yeah!

7 A Closer Look

8 A Even Closer Look

9 Why Establish a Recreational Video Collection? University Issues New Film Studies program on campus Greater emphasis on feature films in curriculum Library Issues Ongoing patron requests Growing collection No room for physical expansion New security strips

10 Why Establish a Recreational Video Collection? Cataloging Issues Opportunity to address historical call number inconsistencies Opportunity to escape the cumbersome PN1997 situation Opportunity for collection cleanup & topical heading enhancement

11 Feature Film Classification, 1980s-2001 PN1997, cuttered by title ChinatownPN1997.C Motion Picture Genres DraculaPN V3 D Literary Works Moby DickPS2384.M LC Topics Born on the Fourth of JulyDS B

12 Issues & Decisions To Reclassify or Simply Relocate? As is relocation to open shelves would be fast & easy Reclassification could be overwhelming Limited time period before fall semester

13 Issues & Decisions Why did We Decide to Reclassify? Potential of PN A-Z for genres Consistency would improve catalog quality and improve searching Expertise of film specialist cataloger for genre choices Innovative (III) functions would aid efficiency & organization

14 PN A-Z Decisions Which genres to utilize? How many? How to choose? Consulted wide range of options Within Technical Services With all of our librarians On Autocat list Local video stores organization

15 New Classification Guidelines For Domestic Feature Films: Features films : PN xx (cutter by genre) xx (cutter by title) Approved genre cutters: Action/Adventure films.A3 Horror films.H6 Childrens films.C44 Musical films.M86 Comedy films.C55 Science Fiction/Fantasy films.S26 Detective/Mystery/Crime films.D4 War films.W3 Drama.D7 Western films.W4 Silent films: PN xx (cutter by title) For Foreign Feature Films: Feature Films : PN1997.xx (cutter by original language) xx (cutter by title) See:

16 Benefits of the Project Better-organized collection Straightened up errors for this collection Allows better retrieval of records of the collection in OPAC More intuitive browsing Huge increase in collection circulation

17 Circulation Statistics for Feature Film Collection Year Checkout % of increase 09/ / / / %

18 Chart for Circulation Activity One Year before and after the Relocation of This collection


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