Guide to Video Acquisitions in Libraries

Issues and Best Practices

Guide to Video Acquisitions in Libraries imageHave you suddenly found yourself responsible for acquiring video for your institution? Being an effective video acquisitions librarian requires special knowledge of the intricacies of the field. Video collections are just different than their traditional print-based counterparts:

  • Physical formats— analog and digital, VHS tapes and DVDs, streaming and downloadable files. . . what do you need and how do you get it?
  • Vendors and suppliers—how do you find them? what do they have?
  • Licensing and copyright—how can materials be used? are there limits on use?

Patron demand has driven the growth of many video collections in all kinds of libraries. This guide provides basic best practices supported by review and selection tools, a glossary of video formats, and an annotated short list of vendors.

by Mary S. Laskowski

ISBN: 978-0-8389-8575-5 | Published by: ALCTS | $37 | ©2011

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