Collection Development Policy for Audio-Visual Materials

This statement covers the collection development and management of audio-visual (a/v) materials in The Claremont Colleges Library. Audio-visual materials of a general or multi-disciplinary nature are circulated from the Reserve desk of the Honnold/Mudd Library. Denison Library also has a media collection that supports the curriculum at Scripps College. Current collecting is limited to videocassettes and DVDs. All audio-visual materials will be catalogued and be accessible through Blais.

Objective: The primary purpose of the a/v collections is to support the educational programs of The Claremont Colleges. Additions are made to the a/v collection to support the teaching curriculum. Other needs represented in the collection include a focus on liberal arts education with an emphasis on multi-cultural diversity, and on the research interests of the students and faculty. The Library will attempt to coordinate its collecting with that of the a/v centers at the Colleges, if possible.

Use of the collection: Classroom instruction and individual study by students are the primary uses of the a/v collection. Items will circulate with as liberal a policy as the nature of the material, copyright restrictions, and demand allow. Items may be placed on class reserve, reserved by instructors for class presentation, and circulated to students, faculty, staff, and other cardholders as specified by administration policy.

Subjects: The a/v collection includes videos in all subject areas related to the curriculum of The Colleges as guided by the individual collection development policies for those disciplines. Instructional videos may be added only selectively in support of professional development or other college workshop needs.

Formats: VHS format videocassettes and DVDs are the preferred formats for the audio-visual collection. Budgetary, projected use, and content considerations will guide the choice of format. Other video formats such as Beta, PAL, U-matic, or laserdisc will not be collected. Other formats such as slides and 16mm film will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Types of materials collected: No types of videos are excluded. Feature films and documentaries will be the major portion of the collection, but other types of videos, such as concerts and performance art may be included in support of curriculum needs. Government depository a/v materials will be included as part of the depository profile.

Materials excluded: Videos in subject areas not represented in the Colleges' course catalogs, such as law and medicine, will not be acquired without demonstrated cross-disciplinary value. Entertainment videos will be added only when they are the subject of course work as indicated by the instructor.

Languages: English language materials or English language subtitled materials are preferred. Other languages may be acquired as needed.

Geographic emphasis: No areas are specifically excluded. Support of the curriculum may require collecting videos from a variety of areas.

Chronological limits: There are no chronological limits. Video releases of older films may be acquired as appropriate to the curriculum, as well as contemporary works.

Last updated: 5/23/2012 2:04:57 PM