Visual and sound art is the universal language through which we express our common aspirations and experiences. As such, it has always been a channel for appreciating and understanding the diversity of humankind. In contemporary society, visual media has expanded rapidly. People who formerly typed documents now design web pages, create PowerPoint documents, and produce video presentations. The need to experience, understand, and successfully create visual and sound media is increasing. Films have evolved into a high art form. Recent surveys indicate consumers view films at home more often than in theaters. The library is prepared to meet these community needs.
The Library purchases a diversified collection of visual and sound media. This collection consists mainly of informational, how-to, and popular entertainment titles for all ages. The majority of movie titles purchased are box office hits and the majority of music titles purchased are listed on Billboard charts. Most of the titles purchased do not include public performance rights. Videos produced specifically for instructional use in the classroom are not purchased. Visual and sound media review and selection decisions are based primarily on the same criteria used for print purchases. The library normally does not purchase edited versions of recordings and movies. Additionally, the library purchases visual and sound media in the predominant format.
Descriptive Video Service (DVS)
These videos are specially described by Descriptive Video Service for patrons with vision impairments. Without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects, DVS describes the visual elements of a movie; including the action, characters, locations, costumes and sets. Video review and selection decisions are based primarily on current reviews from appropriate sources.
Sound Recordings (Spoken Word)
The Library selects, acquires and maintains a diversified collection of sound recordings. Review and selection decisions are based on the same criteria used for print purchases. The library normally buys unabridged versions of sound recordings.
New Forms of Media
From time to time new forms of media are introduced into the market place. New media formats are studied carefully to assess their suitability for public library use, and sufficient time is often needed to properly determine whether they will receive lasting and wide-spread public acceptance before collections of such new forms of media are added to the library. Among the criteria used to evaluate the appropriateness of any new media are:
The above criteria should not be construed in a manner that would retard adoption of specific media format that are designed to meet the needs of specific target audiences. (i.e. new formats that might only appeal to patrons with disabilities).