Collection Development Policy for Media Studies
Objectives: An intercollegiate program in Media Studies is available to students at Pomona, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, and Scripps. The collection is designed to support the teaching needs of this program and to complement applicable parts of related majors, including theater, literature, and art. The curriculum includes media theory, media production, history and social context of film, television, photography, and digital technologies. For proper support of the media studies program all branches of the subject should be represented in the collection.
Subjects and collecting levels: In general, the collection will be maintained at the instructional support level, the level needed to support undergraduate instruction and research effectively. In addition to monographs and journals, the collection will include reference materials such as specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, yearbooks, subject indexes, and bibliographies.
Types of materials collected: Monographs and serials are collected. Printed, microform, and electronic materials are collected. Videotapes are collected when requested by faculty to support instruction. Generally excluded are motion pictures and sound recordings, although specific items may occasionally be acquired for instructional purposes.
Languages: Major emphasis is on English language materials, although no language is specifically excluded. Publications in other languages, especially Spanish, French, and German may need to be acquired when the desired material is not available in English.
Geographical emphasis: Major emphasis is placed on United States. Material on Europe, Central and South America, and Asia is also collected, as well as other countries to support curriculum needs. No geographical area is excluded.
Chronological limits: Emphasis is on contemporary media, though standard historical material is also collected.
Additional remarks: Decisions on collecting DVDs and videos for the libraries may be impacted by duplication within video/DVD collections at Pomona, Pitzer, and Scripps.