The primary purpose of the Raymond H. Fogler's Media Resource Center Collection is to provide access to musical and theatrical performances and documentaries that support the curriculum needs of the University. To a limited extent, the collection also serves the recreational needs of the University community by providing popular audio and audiovisual recordings, often through donated materials.
The library collection includes a variety of performances in audio and audiovisual formats. Although the collection houses a small number of spoken-word recordings and instructional video recordings, such materials are outside the Media Resource Center's purpose and are not purchased for the collection.
Included in this collection are standard compact discs, as well as some older material in formats such as open reel-to-reel tapes; commercially produced audiocassettes; and long-playing vinyl records. Preferred physical formats for music and audio purchase are CD, DVD, or streaming. If material is not available in a preferred format, but required for a course, it will be acquired at the discretion of the Collection Services librarian. The library does not purchase or add gifts of LPs to its collection unless they contain material appropriate for the Maine Collection and are unavailable in preferred formats.
The Media Resource Center Collection includes DVDs, as well as some older materials on VHS videocassettes and laser video discs. Streaming video titles are cataloged and accessible via links in URSUS records to authorized users. Preferred format for purchase of film resources is streaming video or NTSC DVD. If material is only available on VHS cassette, or PAL DVD (non-U.S., but playable on some computers), and required for a course, it will be acquired at the discretion of the Collection Services librarian. The library does not purchase or add gifts of 8mm, 16mm, or 35mm films, sound filmstrips, or video in Beta or 3/4" videocassette formats.
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