Media Resources

The library's Media Collection includes videotapes, laserdiscs, CDs, kits, audiocassettes, slides, LPs (non-circulating), filmstrips, films, booklets, multimedia, software. Electronic resources in the Media Collection are covered in the Electronic Resources policy. Electronic resources are defined as any resource which requires computer access. This policy will apply only to media formats that are not computer-dependent.


The library will acquire any format as appropriate for the support of the curriculum. Currently, emphasis is placed on the video recordings and compact disk formats. In light of new and developing technologies and the progressive obsolescence of some established technologies, other formats may be collected if they meet the guidelines of this policy.


The library collects video recordings that support the curriculum and are directly related to classroom instruction. To a lesser extent, video recordings that treat issues and events important to campus life will also acquired. Feature films, which often have restrictions on use, are therefore purchased only upon the request of a professor to support classroom instruction or for research. Whenever possible, the highest level of performance rights are obtained. Another category of video recordings acquired by the library includes videotapes of UPS events of permanent interest such as the Brown & Haley lectures and the John D. Regester lectures.

Sound Recordings

The library emphasizes the compact disk format when acquiring new recordings, most of which are music recordings that directly support the music curriculum. Non-music recordings, such as speeches, sound effects, foreign language instruction tapes, poetry readings, or other materials that support the curriculum will also be considered.

Requesters should consider the following specific criteria when evaluating media resources. Elements of evaluation include, but are not exclusive to, these criteria:

  • Curricular relevance
  • Technical quality
  • Aesthetic/cultural appeal and value
  • Cost
  • Format
  • Accuracy/authoritativeness
  • Timeliness of information
  • Interdisciplinary nature
  • Favorable reviews
  • Anticipated use