Policies and Processes for Media
Many new policies and procedures have been developed for nonprint media: videotapes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, sound CDs, sound cassettes, and floppy disks (policies for microforms have not changed). The links in the navigation column on the side will bring up the general procedural and policy guidelines for handling these media formats in each area.
The overall approach is to mainstream media processing and service. Within that basic goal, libraries should aim for consistency in technical services (such as preparation and cataloging), while maintaining the flexibility needed to meet local public service needs.
With that in mind, this Web site covers activities and standards which all libraries must maintain, but particular workflows may vary from library to library. The pages at this Web site are specifically for SML/BASS, and are intended for both the large departments (e.g., Cataloging and MST) and the curatorial units. Other libraries may create Web pages with specific instructions for their situation.
Protective cases and security shells for videos and CDs/DVDs will usually be purchased centrally. Please contact the Business Office to request cases and/or shells. Each unit should do this along with the regular biannual equipment requests, so the Library can benefit from price breaks for bulk purchases. Please note that orders for the security shells take a long time to arrive because the shells must be shipped from Denmark.
Details and variations are explained in the process-specific pages.
Revised 11 Feb 2005
SML/BASS Policies & Processes for Media
February 11, 2014