Most audiovisual material is shelved at LSF. Exceptions include:
- Audio discs (i.e. LPs, etc.), which are stored upright in designated shelving (Record Album Storage) in the stacks in Beinecke’s Wall Street building.
- Items that need colder storage than what LSF provides. However, the library’s cold storage facility is not currently operational, so for the time being this material is also shelved at LSF.
- Preservation note: it is best for audiovisual material to remain at a constant temperature. Audiovisual material is designated restricted fragile and therefore we do not expect it to be called from LSF. If it is necessary to access this material, please coordinate with the Preservation Coordination Librarian to ensure its safe transfer.
Handling and storage
- Library of Congress’s “Care, Handling, and Storage of Motion Picture Film” and “Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell” and the Association for Moving Image’s Storage Standards and Guidelines for Film and Videotape.
- “Appendix D” of Archival Moving Image Materials: a Cataloging Manual, 2nd ed. (Library of Congress, 2000). Also available through Cataloger’s Desktop.
- The Moving Image Genre-Form Guide.
- International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Cataloging Rules (1999 ed.)
- Library of Congress Subject Headings.
- Audiovisual material glossary (Dublin, OH: Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)