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DVDs in Leavey Library - Finding & Using: Collection Development Policy

This is a guide to finding, reserving, and viewing DVDs and videos held in the Leavey Library. The collection is an interdisciplinary one that supports class instruction and may be used for research and academic events. The collection is especially rich

Audiovisual Collection Development Policy

General Purpose of the Collection

The Leavey Library Audiovisual Collection (LLAC) supports graduate/ undergraduate study, faculty instruction, and basic faculty research across all curricula. As a major exception, however, the Collection generally will not acquire material for those curricula areas that have their own individual subject libraries, which maintain—in turn--their own individual audiovisual collections (e.g., the Music Library, the Art and Architecture Library.)


Presently the Collection consists of approximately 300 VHS tapes and 10000 DVDs. Only DVDs are now being actively added to the collection. VHS tapes will be purchased only in those instances where a specific film is requested by a faculty member and that film is only available in the VHS format. For DVDs Region 1 coding is absolutely preferred. The library will only purchase non-Region 1 coded DVDs in those instances when a particular film requested by a faculty member is not available in region 1 coding. Presently Blu-Ray DVDs will not be purchased but this will be re-evaluated in the future depending upon how much this new formatting catches on.

Selection Criteria

The highest priority will be placed on collecting documentary films. Feature films will be added to the LLAC on a selective basis, with the emphasis definitely on acquiring those films recognized as ones of a higher quality. Particularly desirable will be the purchase of the finer foreign and independent films. Generally both feature films of a lesser quality and television series compilations will be excluded from purchase except in those cases of a faculty member asking that specific titles be acquired for the purposes of classroom reserve.


Generally no more than one copy will be acquired for any one film. An additional copy may be purchased if needed for reserve and the size of the class in question is a large one. On an extremely selective basis an added copy may also be acquired for certain feature films proving to be heavy in demand.



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