The Video Selection Policy is subject to, and part of, the Materials Selection Policy of the Niagara Falls Public Library Board.
The library collects VHS videocassettes to supplement the print and non-print collections and to provide information which may not be available in any other format.
2. Selection Responsibility
Decisions relating to the selection and purchase of videos will be the responsibility of the Manager of Technical Services.
3. Composition of Collection
Materials selection is guided by a general design to maintain an equitable division based on circulation and demand. Approximately 35 % of the collection will consist of family and children's videos ; 35 % of the collection will be informational, instructional, recreational, cultural and educational videos ; and 30 % of the collection will be videos for adults representing classics, international and contemporary cinema. A DVD collection will be started in 2003 with the majority of titles to be international and contemporary cinema, classics and DVDs that have been well received in the popular and critical media. (Approved October 16 2002)
4. Subject Categories
Video programs will be selected from the following categories to reflect the interests of children, young adults and adults:
5. Selection Criteria
A. Materials selected will meet high standards in quality, content and expression.
B. Acceptance level of quality will be determined by:
6. Controversial Materials
The Niagara Falls Public Library recognizes that some videos may be regarded by certain individuals or groups as controversial, whether because of bias, frankness or language, political expression, or moral implication. Selection will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval by any individual or group in the community, but rather on the evaluation of the video's literary merit, authenticity, honesty of presentation, topical interest and use to the audience for whom it is intended. The primary aim of materials selection is to establish a balanced collection which adequately represents various points of view on many subjects. See also the Materials Selection Policy, especially sections about intellectual freedom, legislation and the selection process.
In order to maintain an active, up-to-date and useful collection, it is important to continuously examine video materials in terms of relevance to user needs and selection criteria.
Criteria for weeding:
8. DVD and Video Classification Guidelines
The library selects films with DVD and video classifications of the Canadian Home Video Rating System
summarized as following:
G : Suitable for viewing by all ages
PG : Parental guidance advised
14A : Suitable for people 14 years of age or older
18A : Suitable for people 18 years of age or older
Restricted: Occasionally Restricted DVDs may be purchased on artistic merits and are restricted to people 18 years and older and are not suitable for minors.
9. Performance Rights
The performance rights (Home use, Public Performance) will be clearly marked on all video containers and bibliographic records. Videos for home use are collected for popular entertainment and in such subject areas as cooking, home improvement, sports, nature, handicrafts, travel, job search, hobbies and fitness. Public performance rights titles are collected for children's programming as well as social topics such as health, the environment, business and parenting.
Titles are not automatically replaced because they are weeded, lost or damaged. The replacement criteria are:
The library is pleased to receive gifts of money or videos from individuals or groups. The same criteria for selection will be applied to donated materials as are applied to all other videos considered for inclusion in the collection. The library will not accept materials that are not outright gifts. Donated materials will be used or disposed of as the library sees fit.
VHS videocassettes are currently collected. Staff will monitor developments in new technology which may supplement and/or complement the current VHS video collection.
Approved by the Niagara Falls Public Library Board February 21, 2001
Revised October 16 2002
Reviewed October 20, 2004
Date of last review March 21 2007.