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VCat - Penn Library Film Catalog now online
(30-AUG-04)

We are pleased to announce the arrival of VCat, the Penn Library's new Video Catalog.

Linked from the Catalogs page on the library web, VCat provides quick and easy access to all of the films held by the Penn Library. All titles listed in VCat are also included in the Franklin Catalog, which provides access to all of the books, journals, audio and video recordings, and other materials that comprise the library's collections.

The library's film collections currently number over 6,500 titles and include feature and foreign language films, documentaries, operas, ballets, stage plays, music videos, television productions, and technical films. The Van Pelt Video Collection houses the primary collection but many specialized films are found in departmental libraries across campus.

Searching in VCat is through individual or multiple keywords: names (actors, performers, directors, production crew, writers, composers, studios...), film titles, subjects, languages, format, the year of release, and all of the individual words that are part of the plot summary are searchable. The catalog also includes indexes that make it possible to browse by title, personal names, or decade (representing the year in which a film was originally released).

Each brief entry includes the film title, the year of the original release as well as the release date of the video/DVD, format, location (which campus library holds the film), call number, and current availability status. A full description and complete plot summary of the film is linked from each title.

Work on enhancing the catalog will continue over the course of the semester with a goal of adding an "advanced" search feature and additional browse indexes. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

For more information:
Marjorie Hassen

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