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Audio-Visual Media

A/V Media Collections

Ongoing Acquisitions

Pepperdine University Libraries currently purchase the following media formats:

  • DVDs (popular and classic films, documentary and educational subjects, and musical performances)
  • Audio CDs (music and audiobooks)
  • VHS videotapes (only for items not available on DVD)

DVD Collection

The purpose of the DVD collection at Payson Library is to grow a diverse film collection in DVD format to entertain, enlighten, and promote academic discourse among students, faculty, and staff. Towards this goal, Pepperdine librarians work in partnership with the faculty to support and complement the curriculum of the Film Studies major and the MFA in Screenwriting. The collection also supports faculty research and the undergraduate curriculum by adding specific faculty requests for research materials. The librarians also work with ethnic and international student organizations to meet their needs. Additionally, the collection at Payson Library and the Graduate Center Libraries contain a limited amount of material for leisure viewing for students, faculty and staff. DVD gifts are gratefully and willingly accepted as long as no restriction is placed upon their use. Television shows are only ordered when requested by faculty. For example, if a television show is requested, only the definitive season is ordered.

The following lists are used to select:

  • The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films
  • AFI, 100 Years, 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies
  • AFI's Funniest Films of All Time
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Honored Titles
  • The Vatican Film List
  • The Adherent's List of Religious Feature Film
  • Independent Spirit Awards
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • National Film Registry of the Library of Congress
  • Academy Award Nominated Films

Audio CD Collection

The Libraries maintain a small collection of music CDs that reflects the mission of the music department as well as the greater University community.

Audiobooks. The Libraries lease a rotating selection of current audiobook titles. Some audiobooks are also purchased for the permanent collection.

VHS Collection

Our policy is to acquire video collection materials only on DVD; however, exceptions may be made for documentary subjects and foreign films that have been requested by faculty and are only available in VHS format.

Analog Collections

  • Audio tapes. Special Collections include historic audiotapes of Pepperdine lectures and special events.
  • Film. Special Collections include several films produced at Pepperdine as well as film collections that have been donated as part of archival collections.
  • LPs
  • Videotapes
  • Laserdiscs

Policies for Digital A/V Media Retention

DVDs become part of the Libraries permanent collections. Audio CDs become part of the Libraries permanent collections, with the exception of audiobooks, which are leased on a revolving plan.

Exceptions to the above policy

Digital media resources may be deaccessioned if one of the following criteria is met. Library liaisons are responsible for determining the usefulness of materials in their subject area of responsibility.

  1. The resource is deemed out of date and no longer academically useful.
  2. The resource is purchased or otherwise made available in an on-line format of equivalent quality.
  3. The media is damaged and no longer reliably machine-readable.

Policies for Analog A/V Media Retention

As existing A/V collections become available in digital formats, it is our policy to acquire the digital formats and deaccession the analog copies when and if the following conditions are met:

  1. The original analog copy is in an obsolete format (e.g., LP, laserdisc, audiocassette, or videocassette). This does not apply to film media, which will be retained in the permanent collections unless too damaged or deterioriated to be usable.
  2. Digital content is owned rather than leased. This includes collections that Pepperdine may elect to digitize for inclusion in a digital repository.
  3. If digital files are stored onsite, appropriate measures are in place for backup and recovery, and for ongoing digital preservation.
  4. If digital files are externally hosted, the hosting vendor is a participant in Portico, JSTOR, or a comparable escrow or archival system that ensures long-term access and preservation. This is the preferred option. As a secondary alternative, the vendor agreement must specify that they provide us with electronic media copies of our content in the event that we terminate our agreement with them or they cease publication.

Exceptions to the above policy

If digital alternatives are leased, analog media versions of the same content may be shifted to a low-use storage facility. Analog media collections may also be deaccessioned if one of the following criteria is met. Library liaisons are responsible for determining the usefulness of materials in their subject area of responsibility.

  1. The content in the collection is deemed out of date and no longer academically useful.
  2. Content in the collection is made available electronically for public access from an authoritative, reliable source (e.g., the Library of Congress).
  3. The media is damaged or deteriorated to the point that it is unreadable and cannot be restored.
  4. No machines are available to read an obsolete format.