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The goal of media services at the Bastrop Public Library is to
improve library services by making video and audio resources available
to the residents of the Bastrop area. This collection supports the total
library program by offering information and entertainment in a variety
of non-print formats. Integrating non-print media with traditional print
materials broadens the scope of educational, cultural, and recreational
programming alternatives available at the library.
The media collection includes video and audio materials in a variety
of formats, including cassette tape, videotape, DVD's, computer files,
compact disc, MP3's, microfilm and other formats. This collection
represents a wide range of subjects which appeal to all age groups.
Titles are selected on the basis of physical reliability, authenticity,
authority in subject content, and effectiveness of communication. They
are chosen for their educational, informational, cultural, and
The library director is responsible for supervising the selection of
video and audio titles. Library staff make use of professional review
journals, publisher and distributor catalogs, recommendations from other
library professionals and patron requests in making selections.
Purchase decisions are made based on knowledge of the existing media
collection, familiarity with patron demands, and availability of the
Weeding of the media collection follows standard library procedures (see Collection Development Policy).
The bulk of the video/DVD collection consist of feature films,
full-length dramatizations generally made available on video/DVD. In
addition, the library collects non-theatrical videos that include
general interest non-fiction, including documentaries, how-to,
self-paced learning and instruction, travel, music, health and fitness,
arts, etc. Theatrical videos/DVD's in the collection are represented by
productions based on works of literature and historical fiction,
classic films, and series such as those available through distributors
such as PBS and Arts & Entertainment Home Video. Children's videos
will consist of feature film videos/DVD's, non-theatrical videos,
classic children's films, and quality productions based on children's
Audio materials will be selected in both abridged and unabridged
formats, representing works of fiction and non-fiction for children and
The microfilm collection consists of genealogy and local interest
materials such as back issues of the Bastrop Advertiser, census, and
other county statistical information.
Library staff observes the principles of intellectual freedom when
selecting video and audio materials for the library collection. A title
on a controversial topic is not excluded from the collection solely
because it may be objectionable to some groups or individuals. The
Bastrop Public Library supports the American Library Association's
Freedom to View statement, which is included below.
The FREEDOM TO VIEW, along with the freedom to
speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment of the
Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place
for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore, we affirm these
This statement was originally drafted by the Educational Film Library
Association's Freedom to View Committee, and was adopted by the EFLA
Board of Directors in February, 1979. It was endorsed by the American
Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and the ALA Council
in June, 1979, and by the Texas Library Association's Council in July,
All video and audio materials may be checked out for one two (2) week
time period, with renewals for two (2) subsequent two (2)-week periods,
as long as another patron is not on reserve for an item.
Microfilm is for in-library use only and does not circulate. A
microfilm reader-printer is available in the library. Copies produced on
this machine are ten (10) cents each.
The fine for overdue video and audio materials is ten (10) cents per
day. A five (5) day grace period following the 2-week check out period
will apply, during which time no overdue fines will accrue. At the
conclusion of the grace period, fines will accrue from the item's
original due date. Total maximum fine per item is $5.00.
Full replacement costs for damaged or lost video or audio materials
will be charged. In the case of multiple tapes or CDs, replacement costs
for individually damaged or lost components will be charged if individual replacement is available. Otherwise, full item replacement charges will be assessed.
All video and audio materials may be returned to the circulation desk
when the library is open. After hours, materials must be returned to
the overnight book drop on the East side of the building.
Video and audio materials on loan from the library may not be used
for commercial or theatrical distribution, and may not be broadcast or
cablecast. They may not be used in a public gathering (library, school,
daycare, etc.), unless public performance rights are included with the
item. Most of the items in the library's collection do not have public performance rights included. Video and audio materials may not be duplicated or copied in any way.
Procedure for acting on a request to remove video or audio materials
from the Bastrop Public Library collection will follow the Request for
Reconsideration guidelines in place for all library materials (see
Collection Development Policy).
Approved by the Bastrop Library Board on March 2, 2009 Approved by the Bastrop City Council on March 10, 2009
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