Media Collection Policy
The term media strictly refers to visual recordings, i.e. motion pictures, television series, documentaries, art film, news footage. Computer software and related supplemental media are generally purchased by the subject bibliographer from the appropriate book fund. The media collection supports programs in the humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering. Collecting is done at the considered discretion of the media librarian, in collaboration with Howard-Tilton subject librarians, and by faculty requests.
The media collection consists of award-winning motion pictures, documentaries, television shows, and art films across a wide array of subject areas. With some exceptions, motion pictures and television series are purchased for their instructional value in film studies and increasingly in computer animation courses solely at the request of faculty.
DVD NTSC, Region 1 is given preference. However, multi-region DVDs are considered on a title by title basis in conjunction with instructional and research needs. VHS cassette tapes are purchased on a title by title basis when a faculty-requested item is available in no other format.
Motion pictures and television series are largely acquired with home use licensing. Home use DVDs may be used for classroom instruction in accordance with the exemption rule to home use videos. All other film types are typically, but not always, purchased with a public performance license.
English is the dominant language of the collection. However, all other languages are considered based on content and instructional value.
No preference is given.
Contemporary imprints are preferred however, some retrospective colleting does occur on a title by title basis.
Primacy is given to materials from the United States, however, all geographic locations are considered relative to content and the subject area.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Media are purchased from a variety of vendors relative to film type and content. Vendors include but are not limited to: Amazon, Public Broadcasting Corporation, Bullfrog Films, Media, Education Foundation, Filmmakers Library, Passion River, New Day Films, Women Making Movies, Third World Newsreel, and Icarus.
Faculty recommendations, reviews in major professional literature.