Starting July 2014, the staff of the Media Commons in the Undergraduate Library is handling all aspects of media ordering and the streaming video collection. These pages will move later this summer.
Purpose--to provide a collection of non-print resources in a variety of formats for all levels
of curriculum offered at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition, the collection
supports research and service activities sponsored by the University and the University Library.
Given its broad interdisciplinary nature, the collection also serves as a library source of
emerging media formats. The majority of media materials are housed in the centralized
Undergraduate Library Media Collection for widest access.
Selection Criteria--material selected for addition to the collection will normally meet the following criteria:
If you would like to suggest a title for the collection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include title, director, year, format, and distributor information if known. If the item is needed for a specific course please include that information as well for fastest processing.
During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, CITES removed VHS players from their "smart" classrooms. Collection Management Services (CMS) is aggressively pursuing DVD and/or streaming media replacements for VHS titles that are requested for reserves. The Library is not equipped, however, to handle converting one media format to another if not available commercially.
Some tips for using VHS copies in classrooms:
Various campus offices, student groups, etc., contact us to ask if they are permitted to show media items from our collection to groups. The short answer is that only items for which we have been granted public performance rights can be shown to groups other than for face-to-face instruction as part of the regular institutional curriculum. Information about Public Performance Rights can be found at: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/media/publicperformancerights.html