This document defines and outlines the policies and procedures to be used in the establishment of a DVD/Video Collection within the Snowden Library collection.
The DVD/Video Collection supports the undergraduate curriculum and academic programs at Lycoming College. To that end, within a limited budget, Snowden Library will follow these guidelines:
- Purchase DVDs or VHS tapes that are directly related to classroom use or co-curricular/enrichment activities. The intent of the collection is to support classroom experiences, including film-based classes, but not to provide for entertainment
- Evaluate and add gift VHS tapes/DVDs that meet the same criteria as purchased materials
- Prefer DVD as the format of choice for purchases; VHS tapes will be purchased only if DVD is not available
- Purchase public performance rights (PPR) for selected videos
- The Snowden Library cannot add VHS tapes/DVDs to the collection unless they are produced in compliance with copyright law
- The Snowden Library cannot purchase or collect formats for which there is no viewing equipment readily available on campus
Other Guidelines that Snowden Library will follow:
- Catalog and include records for the videos in the online catalog
- House the videos in open stacks available for browsing
- Circulate the videos to members of the Lycoming College community
- The Dean of the College and the Director of Library Services establish an amount, within the book budget, for the DVD/Video Collection each year.
- General request for recommendations issued annually in the late spring for titles to be available beginning with the Fall semester
- Other purchases made throughout the year when the video budget allows
- Generally use library suppliers who include Public Performance Rights with the purchase
- DVD is the format of choice; VHS purchased only if DVD is unavailable. Laser disks and Beta tapes will not be purchased. As technology changes future formats will be evaluated.
- For DVDs or VHS tapes that do not meet the collection guidelines, it is suggested that departmental funds be considered.
- All videos will get full MARC descriptive cataloging through OCLC and be added to our online catalog
- Brief classification will include format, first-level LC class, and a 4 digit sequential number (i.e. DVD HF0001; VHS PR0015) This will allow for roughly grouping subject materials together without requiring construction of a complete classification number
- All materials will be stripped with the 3M security devices appropriate for the format
- The collection will, at first, be housed on open shelves, probably on the west wall of the first floor.
- DVDs and VHS tapes will circulate for 3 days to Lycoming students. No renewals.
- Fines for overdue DVDs and VHS tapes will be $1.00 per day and materials not returned within five days after the due date will be considered lost and a replacement fee of $100.00, or the cost of replacement, will be charged.
- DVDs and VHS tapes will circulate for 7 days to Lycoming faculty and staff. (Borrower types LF, LA, LO, LP, LE, and SF).
- Although faculty and staff are not normally charged overdue fines they should return items when they are due. At a minimum all DVDs and tapes should be returned at the end of each semester. Items requested by another user will be recalled.
- There is no formal reservation system to ensure availability of an item for use at a specific time.
- Faculty may place DVDs and VHS tapes from the collection on reserve, as they do with books, to ensure that their students have access to these items.
- DVDs and VHS tapes may not be loaned through Interlibrary Loan.
- Unless exceptions are made by the Director of Library Services, DVDs and VHS tapes are not available for in-library viewing by community borrowers.
Approved by the Faculty Library Advisory Committee, April 2004