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Audiovisual Materials



I. Purpose:
To provide a collection of audiovisual resources in a variety of formats in all fields including the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. To support a reserve media collection of items brought in or requested by faculty. To offer a recreational media resource.

II. General Collection Guidelines
A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Vocal music and literary works in other languages are acquired when necessary to support the curriculum of academic programs.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Emphasis is on Western culture. Materials from other areas are acquired as necessary. Particular attention is given to Texas writers, composers, performers and other prominent figures.

D. Treatment of Subject: When alternate formats are available, the Audiovisual librarian determines the formats acquired, based on appropriateness to subject matter, technical quality and availability of playback equipment.

E. Types of Materials:

  1. Audio recordings in all formats, such as phonodiscs, cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes and compact discs.
  2. Visual programs in all formats, including slides, slide/tape sets, filmstrips, sound/filmstrip sets, videocassettes.
  3. As new media formats are developed and made available, they are to be considered for addition to the collection, as soon as compatible playback equipment is purchased.

F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on materials currently issued. Retrospective materials are acquired to replace lost items or to fulfill specific requests.

G. Other General Considerations: The Audiovisual Library is the principal location for audiovisual resources in a variety of formats covering a broad range of subject areas. Other major media collections are defined by format or by subject area. For examples, see the statements of the Fine Arts Library, the Benson Latin American Collection, the Center for American History ,the Wasserman Public Affairs Library, and the Library and Information Science Collection.

Emphasis is given to the acquisition of materials for instructional use. Recreational use of materials is of secondary importance. While use of materials by foreign students to improve their understanding of spoken English is recognized as a legitimate means of self-instruction, materials are not purchased for this purpose.

16mm film is not available in the Audiovisual Library.

In light of collecting practices of the Fine Arts Library, coordination of the acquisition of music sound recordings and video recordings is necessary, often on the basis of specific titles. The areas of music represented in the recording collection in the Audio Visual Library are detailed, along with other disciplines and media formats, in the following section.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

SUBJECT LC CLASS. LOCATION CDP [NCIP] COLLECTING LEVEL BIBLIOGRAPHER
Audio Visual- History: See Footnote 1. D, E, F UGL-AV B AV
Audio Visual- Social Science: See Footnote 2. H UGL-AV B AV
Audio Visual- Music (Classical): See Footnote 3. M UGL-AV A AV
Audio Visual- Music (Popular): See Footnote 4. M UGL-AV B AV
Audio Visual- Music (Jazz): See Footnote 5. M UGL-AV A AV
Audio Visual- Music (Other): See Footnote 6. M UGL-AV A AV
Audio Visual- Fine Arts: See Footnote 7. N UGL-AV A AV
Audio Visual- Literature: Drama and Prose: See Footnote 8. P UGL-AV B AV
Audio Visual- Literature (Poetry): See Footnote 9. BV UGL-AV B AV
Audio Visual- Science: See Footnote 10. Q UGL-AV B AV

Footnote 1:
Speeches, biographies and documentaries are acquired primarily for class support. Formats are chiefly videocassette and audiocassette.

Footnote 2:
Social topics of current interest are added selectively and on faculty request.

Footnote 3:
The Audio Visual Library began a core collection of classical instrumental and vocal music in 1962. New performances of great critical acclaim are added sparingly. Band music is selectively acquired.

Footnote 4:
The Audiovisual Library has since 1975 added extensively to its rudimentary collection of popular music. Holdings emphasize American music from 1940 to the present. Represented types of music include: Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Easy Listening, Hard Rock, Country/ Western,Punk, New Wave, Reggae, Funk, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, New Age and Latin. Austin musicians are added whenever the recording format makes it possible.

Footnote 5:
Emphasis in this collection is on the most popular and accessible forms of jazz. Retrospective collections of popular artists or performers are collected.

Footnote 6:
Representative holdings in folk, show tunes and sound tracks.

Footnote 7:
Some opera; selected ballet.

Footnote 8:
Emphasis is on video productions of American and British fiction taught at UT Austin. Versions of Shakespeare productions are actively acquired. The collections also contain spoken word phonodiscs and audiocassettes.

Footnote 9:
The Ruth Stephan Poetry Reading Series of live readings is created and maintained in the Audio Visual Library. Selected purchases of audiocassettes of individual poets are added to those phonodiscs acquired in the Stephan bequest.

Footnote 10:
Videocassette holdings cover topics from ecology to acid rain.


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