purpose of the Media collection is to support the instruction and
research needs of Long Island University faculty and students. The
media collections include materials in the following audiovisual
formats: audiocassettes, audio compact discs, slides, 1/2"
VHS videocassettes, laser videodiscs, digital video discs (DVD)
and CD-ROMs. Due to the great differences in cost, content, availability
and adaptability between all of these formats, collection development
decisions must frequently consider these media separately.
media collection includes spoken word and musical audiocassettes
and audio compact discs, CD-ROMs, computer disks, educational video
recordings, documentaries, animation, video recordings of live performances,
and feature films.
the Media collections support most academic programs within the
university, they include all subject classifications. However, the
collections are not evenly divided among the subject areas. Some
subject areas are more frequently represented in the production
of video and audio materials and more suitable for video or audio
English and any other language with English subtitles. Currently
there has been no demand for foreign language videos. If a need
for this material develops, then this policy can be reconsidered.
English language materials predominate, but no language is excluded.
titles: Priority is given to documentary/educational programs
produced within the past ten years. Older programs will be purchased
only when they are classic titles or when it has been determined
that no more recent production offers the save level of coverage
-- in terms of content or quality.
films: There are no chronological guidelines for the purchase
of feature films, although it is the intention of the Librarian
to acquire new releases in as timely and economical a way as possible.
The addition of the DVD format means that new releases are now available
at a fraction of the cost of VHS, making it feasible to have a film
collection that reflects recent trends in American and World cinema.
Although the collection includes materials produced throughout the
world, most must be obtained through United States distributors
due to compatibility problems. Programs will be purchased in the
NTSC standard if available; programs in all other standards will
be purchased on a highly selective basis.
Materials from any country would be purchased, but materials produced
in the United States predominate, due to availability.
in the 1/2" VHS format (NTSC preferred); laser videodiscs (CAV
and CLV), level I interactivity; digital video discs, (DVD); CD-ROMs,
slides, audiocassettes; audio compact discs.
Media Librarian selects video and audio for purchase from a number
of sources: reviews, previews (television broadcasts, film festivals,
film markets), and faculty requests. Faculty request may come from
two different sources: individual members of the faculty can send
requests directly to the Media Librarian, or they can submit their
requests to their Library -Faculty liason, whichever is most convenient
or expedient. The Library will purchase any request that falls within
the collection development policy and for which adequate funds exist.
If the Library does not purchase the title the Librarian will explore
rental sources and inform the requestor of their options vis a vis
the title. It will then fall to the requestor to obtain the film,
either personally or through his/her department.
an item has been determined to fall within the collection parameters,
it is evaluated according to the following specific criteria:
Timeliness of information
of treatment (analytical vs. descriptive)
Librarian makes every effort to assure acquisition of the best audio
and video materials available. She relies on critical reviews for
most selections. However, the Librarian may request a preview copy
from the distributor when: 1) the title has not been reviewed or
2) the evaluations of two or more reviewers conflict. The Librarian
regularly consults the following review sources: Video Librarian,
MC Journal, Choice, Booklist, TLS, and any other journal that reviews
audio-visual material for a particular field. In addition she is
constantly scanning the catalogues sent to her, for new and relevant
releases and keeping an eye on the current video and film releases
in the mass market, the independent market and the documentary market,
through the perusal of newspapers, film journals, web sites and
purchases are subject to approval by the Librarian, who reserves
the right to return to distributors materials that do not meet expectations
with regard to content or quality.
SELECTION CRITERIA: FEATURE FILMS:
films are purchased on 1/2" VHS , DVD, and laserdisc. At this
time VHS is the dominant format. However, the Audio Visual Department
has acquired DVD players to lend to faculty, and some departments
have installed DVD players in their classrooms. Therefore, new titles
will be purchased on DVD when available, and on VHS if DVD is not
available. The Media Librarian is currently building a core DVD
collection, which will focus on enhancing our existing VHS collection
and will also replace worn out or damaged VHS tapes with DVDs when
possible. Titles we currently own on laserdisc will not be replaced
feature film collection supports courses in Media Arts as well as
a variety of other disciplines. Therefore, the collection includes
the works of recognized directors and significant individual titles
from the perspective of film scholarship. However, it also includes
films that may never be recognized for their excellence which contribute
to teaching in other disciplines, such as business, management,
marketing, history, sociology, anthropology, and English. The feature
film collection reflects these various uses.
of titles is made on the basis of reviews and faculty recommendations.
As the collection reflects the research interests of the faculty
as well as their instructional needs, some directors and some genres
are collected more comprehensively than others. The Librarian gives
priority to films being taught in classes; faculty are encouraged
to submit their course syllabi to ensure that films being taught
are available in the library's collection.
current release video recordings of feature films are purchased
only upon the recommendation of faculty, with the assurance that
they will be used for research and/or instruction.
SELECTION CRITERIA: SPOKEN WORD AUDIO:
word audio is collected on audiocassette and audio compact disc.
Compact disc is the preferred format, due to quality and durability.
However, the availability of spoken word audio compact discs is
The spoken word audio collection includes speeches, dramatizations
of plays, other dramatic readings, poetry readings, interviews,
and lectures. Currently, "books on tape" or "books
on disc" are excluded from addition to the collection, although
this is a policy that may be reconsidered if a strong argument is
presented. This type of collection could be useful for those members
of the University community who have difficulty reading. This collection
of books on tape then would focus mainly on literary or scholarly
works that are available in unabridged formats.
SELECTION CRITERIA: MUSIC
to the rapid expansion of the Music Department and the varied needs
of the faculty in this field, many new music titles are being added
to the collection. The majority of these titles are faculty requests/recommendations.
It is expected that in the next academic year the Music Faculty
will meet with the Library to discuss their specific interests/
needs in this area. Once these have been identified, the Library
faculty will build the music collection in the same way other collections
are built, through a combination of faculty recommendations and
the Library’s own collection development activities.