Video Collection Management Policy

Collection Development Policy

The Rod Library acquires materials in video formats in support of the instructional, research, and informational needs of the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Northern Iowa. The selection and acquisition of materials in video formats are governed by the principles of the Library’s larger Collection Management Policy. Development of the video collection is the responsibility of the subject bibliographers.

A collection of locally produced videos of ongoing interest which meet criteria outlined in that unit’s collection management policy is maintained in Special Collections and University Archives. The Library also has a special collection of video interpretations of American and British fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, the development of which is supported by the Hovet Library Multimedia Endowment Fund.

With the exception of the holdings in Special Collections and University Archives, priority in collection building is given to materials in easily accessible, contemporary formats. The Library acquires only commercially produced videos which meet current copyright restrictions. Performance licenses are acquired on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the subject bibliographer. The Library acquires closed captioned titles wherever possible. Equipment and related technical considerations are taken into account in the selection and acquisition processes. The existing collection includes titles in a variety of formats, including VHS, DVD, Beta, and 3/4" videos, laser discs, and 16mm films.

March 2000; Revised February 2005