Collection Development Policy
Videos & DVDs
Videos & DVDs
The MacPháidín Library will collect videos that are fiction dramatizations including foreign and classic features. Non-fiction material, such as documentaries and instructional videos will also be collected. Curriculum support will be the guiding principle of this policy. Selection of material will be done primarily by faculty.
The circulation period for faculty and students will generally be for two days. Faculty can extend this period by requesting so at the Circulation Desk when they check-out the material.
DVD format is preferred, especially for faculty-guided sessions. Until we can find security strips that don't harm the DVD's, we cannot shelve them on open stacks. They will be held on Reserve. The library has purchased DVD equipment for use in the building. VHS format is acceptable, primarily for student assignments & homework. Letterbox framing is preferred in all formats for those films originally released in one of the wide screen aspect ratios.
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 following criteria will guide purchasing decisions for the library, arranged in order of importance:
- Relevancy to curriculum
- Projected frequency of use
- Authority and competency of the filmmaker (established through things like peer guild and craft awards and nominations)
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.