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A Guide to Film and Media Studies

Collection Development Policy

Washington University in St. Louis

Collection Development Policy

Library: Olin

Subject: Film & Media Studies

Collection: General

Date Revised: March 25, 2014

Subject Librarian: Brad Short


1. General purpose:

To support student instruction and research up through the masters level and faculty research in Film and Media Studies.


2. Subjects excluded:

At this point, video gaming is not really collected.It remains to be seen how gaming will (which is already taught in Computer Science and Engineering) will be handled in FMS.

3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:

There is considerable overlap with other language and studies programs across campus.Several FMS faculty members have joint appointments in other departments (Music, East Asian, German and PAD) as well as several faculty members in Women and Gender Studies, French, American Studies, Spanish and U College all use film significantly in their teaching.

4. Languages included and excluded:


5. Geographical limitations:


6. Chronological limits:



7. Retrospective Acquisition:

The faculty feel that serious scholarship for Film Studies began around 1970 so very little material is needed that would predate that time period.


8. Types of material collected and excluded:

Very few films are added to the collection in older formats.


9. Other factors to consider:

The acquisition of 16 and 35mm films has slowed considerably in the past few years.The Library worked with Prof. Bill Paul in building this collection.

On the other hand, exciting new opportunities are appearing with online video services such as Swank, Kanopy, Criterion-On-Demand, Alexander Street, etc. that will redefine how video collections will be built in the near future.


10. Subjects and Collecting Levels: