Video/Film Collection Development Policy

The MacPháidín Library collects fictional dramatizations, including foreign and classic features, as well as non-fiction materials, including documentaries and instructional videos. DVD or streaming format is preferred. Curriculum support is the guiding principle governing video purchases. Selection of material will be done primarily by faculty.

The circulation period for faculty and students is generally two days. Faculty can extend this period by requesting an extension at the Circulation Desk when they check-out the material.


DVDs are currently kept in cabinets at the Circulation Desk. Please check with Circulation to request any of our DVD materials. The library has purchased DVD equipment for use in the building. Letterbox framing is preferred in all formats for those films originally released in one of the wide screen aspect ratios.

Streaming Media

The library’s goal is to provide searchable, on-demand, streaming service to support the curricular needs of the faculty and students. Collection development decisions will be made with the needs of the faculty in mind creating a streaming collection to support the curricular and research needs of the faculty and the students. Purchases will be available in two ways: purchasing a collection of content, and selecting individual titles. Our initial collection will be comprised of several collections of streaming video determined to be in high demand, or believed to be of high utility. Additionally individual titles can be obtained where desired for inclusion in course pages. Faculty input is welcome in making these purchase decisions.  While all films are not available in streaming format, and cost can be a factor all faculty requests will receive consideration.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will guide purchasing decisions for the library, arranged in order of importance:

  • Relevancy to curriculum
  • Projected frequency of use
  • Cost
  • Authority and competency of the filmmaker (established through criteria such as peer guild and craft awards and nominations)

Additional Information

This material falls under the "Teaching Activities of a Nonprofit Institution" exemption in copyright law. Therefore, public performance permissions and payments are not applicable.

The library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some library users. However, in accordance with the American Library Association's Bill of Rights, selection will not be made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval but solely on the merits of the work in relation to serving the curriculum needs of the Stonehill community.

Some material derived from: 
Futas, Elizabeth (editor). Collection Development Policies and Procedures. (3rd edition) Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1995.