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Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) Collection Development Policy

Overview of the Collection

This area of the collection supports the CTVA department, which offers two different degrees: a B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. The holdings are not limited to one discrete area of the library; many of the books are on the third and fourth floors, journals on the fourth floor, and DVDs/videos of feature films and television shows on the second floor (within Music & Media). Some DVDs and videos are part of the Instructional Media Collection and may only be used within Music & Media.

The Oviatt's materials complement the CTVA department's library of screenplays, housed in Manzanita Hall.

Scope of Coverage

Language: materials are primarily collected in English. Foreign films with subtitles, rather than English language dubbing, are preferred.

Geographical areas: the collection includes films and books from many countries and is not limited to American and Western materials.

Chronological periods: the Library updates time-sensitive materials (such as guides to new audio technology) to the extent possible. A goal is to fill in gaps in film and television history, including published scripts and criticism, as well as past Oscar and other award-winning films on DVD.

Types of Materials

Collected: reference works, including research guides, annotated bibliographies, encyclopedias, directories, and the BFI Series; periodicals; published screenplays and scripts; DVDs of television series and feature films

Collected selectively: videos of feature films and series when DVDs are not available or out of print. Souvenir-like guides to films and television series. Dissertations and theses from other universities.

Not collected: unpublished screenplays, pre-VHS formats of film and television

Selection Tools

  • YBP/GOBI Direct
  • Choice reviews
  • Film/Television journal reviews, such as Film Comment
  • Trade reviews, such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar-winning films, for example)
  • CTVA faculty requests
  • CTVA student requests

Related subjects

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • English

Written by Lindsay Hansen, CTVA Bibliographer.