Requesting media resources

The Media Collection can be searched through our online catalogue. All film and video requests can be made personally in our office (MC 1007), or by campus mail, telephone, or email. Email requests are confirmed within 48 hours. If you do not receive confirmation within this time period, please call to verify that we received your original request.  Films brought in from other sources require a minimum notice of two weeks.

Note: The media collection is not available for home use.

Student operators

Student operators will also be booked as required or by special request and will bring the video program for the showing.

  • Student operator requests require minimum notice of two working days and may be subject to charges.

Unless you have an operator booked, you must pick up all material from the office, MC 1007. Returns are expected the morning following your showing, either to the office or to one of the four alternate locations on campus. The alternate drop locations are:

  • Dana Porter Library,
  • St Jerome's Library,
  • Renison Library, and
  • Davis Centre Library.

In all cases, the programs must be handed to a staff person at the Circulation Desks. Please, do not use the Library drop boxes. For safety reasons we do not use campus mail to circulate our programs. A video drop box is located outside the Media Resources' office (MC 1007) for after hours returns as well.

Other media resources services

Other services include consultation, program searches, new program purchasing and dispensing of fobs for access to the podiums in the Registrar controlled E-classrooms.

We also welcome suggestions for purchase. Priority is given to titles needed for classroom screenings with cost and availability also taken into consideration. For more information please contact Cheryl Petrie at ext. 84070.

Media Resources also has facilities for previewing materials in house.

  • MC 1009, our small preview room, seats 4-5 people and is equipped with a 27" colour television, DVD/VHS combo player and a multistandard NTSC/PAL/Blu-Ray DVD player.  It can also accommodate a 16mm film projector, when needed.

For more information please call ext. 84070

Media resources collection policy

The media collection consists of motion pictures, documentaries, television shows and art films from a wide variety of subject areas.  Formats include DVD, VHS, 16mm, Blu ray and some streaming assets.

Collecting is at the discretion of the Media Specialist.  All faculty requests for media content in support of teaching and research are honoured whenever possible and all subject matter is considered for acquisition.

DVDs that are NTSC format, region 1 or 0, are preferred, however, multi-region DVDs are considered on a title by title basis, in conjunction with instructional or research needs.

The decision to purchase digital rights is made on the basis of cost, technical requirements and contractual restrictions.  This may include subscription collections or individual licensed titles.  Some providers/vendors do not offer digital rights for their programs, or have such restrictions on their use that the purchase is prohibitive.  When streaming is not available or is too expensive, DVD is the preferred format.

Duplicate copies of any title already in the collection are not usually purchased (excluding replacement copies for damaged programs or older formats).

Programs with closed captions or English (SDH) subtitles are purchased whenever possible.

Weeding the collection is done to maintain the quality and usefulness of the collection. Items may by removed from the collection because of poor physical condition, obsolescence of the format or have not been used in the past decade or more.

Media Resources does not pay for one-time public performance licenses.  Campus groups organizing public screenings are responsible for all fees for such licenses.