Collection Development Policies

These policies are in accordance with the Millard Sheets Library Collection Guidelines.

Videos

The video collection supports the teaching curriculum of the Otis College of Art and Design. Holdings include videos by and about artists and designers; animation; poetry readings; advertisements; history of art and architecture; and significant feature films, both narrative and documentary. We collect films that serve as examples of the best (and worst) in animation, writing, direction, costuming, and special effects. We collect Oscar-nominated films in the animation, cinematography, costume, documentary, shorts, screen-writing, and special effects categories; Clio-winning ads at the gold, silver, and bronze levels; and festival compilations of shorts, especially work by new video and digital artists. In addition, we collect video documentation of events held at Otis, including the Fine Arts lecture series, the Senior Fashion shows, and commencements.

Factors that affect acquisition include availability, vendor, and price. We purchase some items with public performance rights. We primarily collect regular DVDs (NTSC, Region 1 or region-free) and VHS tapes (NTSC). Since our collection supports the curriculum at Otis, we prefer to purchase items that can be viewed using technology currently available in most of the classrooms. At this time, we do not collect Blu-Ray or other high-definition DVD formats. In general, we do not acquire VCDs, PAL items, or DVDs encoded for other regions.

Updated: 6 April 2010

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Images

The digital image collections support the teaching curriculum and history of the Otis College of Art and Design. We collect images documenting art and design history, popular culture, news, and more. These images are made available via the Otis DID (Otis Digial Image Databank.)

Updated: 6 April 2010

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