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Collection Development - Media Collections

 
13. Media Collections:

Music: Compact Discs

This collection consists of compact discs covering a broad range of musical styles. The library has a commitment to collect at greater depth in this collection than most comparably sized libraries. The collection includes, but is not limited to, classical, country, rock, jazz, popular, opera and soundtracks. The library strives to provide a broad and balanced music selection to meet the variety of likes and tastes of our customers. Compact discs are the predominantly collected format at this time.

In addition to the general tools for selection, the following tools are also referred to when making selection decisions for this collection:

  • Country Living (formerly Country Music)
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Fanfare
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sound & Vision (formerly Stereo Review)
  • Spin

DVD

The DVD collection strives to complement, rather than compete with, local video rental stores. Entertainment, documentary, instructional, educational, informational and regional and local interest videos are included in this collection. DVD is the predominantly collected format at this time.

In addition to the general tools for selection, the following tools, though not an exhaustive list, are also referred to when making selection decisions for this collection:

  • Video Librarian
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Premiere
  • IMDb.com
  • Rottentomatoes.com 

Audiobooks and Spoken Word Recordings

The Audiobooks and Spoken Word Recording collection consists of both fiction and nonfiction materials. The fiction area includes contemporary and classic fiction with an emphasis on contemporary works. Works of best selling authors are represented primarily in unabridged versions. The nonfiction collection covers a range of subject areas including best sellers, instructional and self-improvement recordings on topics such as business skills or motivation, and ESL and TOEFL preparation guides. Language instruction is a very popular area of this collection. Compact discs are the predominantly collected format at this time.

Selection is based, in part, on the reviews of the original work. Customer requests will also be given serious consideration. The library will purchase unabridged audiobooks, and only consider abridged versions if there is customer demand for a title that is not available in the unabridged format. Preference is given to titles published by vendors with disc replacement plans.

Since the audiobook collection is heavily used, weeding decisions will be primarily based on physical condition and the currency of the item, rather than lack of use.

In addition to the general criteria for selection, the following criteria must be taken into account when selecting audiobooks:

  • Authority and competency of producer
  • Artistic merit and reputation of the reader
  • Quality of interpretation and ease of understanding by library user
  • Technical quality and/or sound quality
  • Packaging
  • Availability of replacement discs